The ‘factions’ of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) are currently at loggerheads over the ethnicity and cultural identity of the group. This ensued after a faction of the group, Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), in a recent press release, identified itself as an ‘Igbo-only’ organization.

This disparity in the cultural views of the group was decried in a press statement received by NewsBreakers from the spokesman of the IPOB, Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, on Saturday night. The statement signed by Iroanya and Barrister Emma Nmezu.

According to the spokesmen, these Igbo folks initially launched the acclaimed Igbo-centric MOBIN as a political wing of a faction of IPOB led by another group of aged Igbo men collectively called Supreme Council of Elders of IPOB. At the point of their public unveiling, MOBIN announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with another Igbo-only political party called United Progressive Party (UPP). However, in another press release dated 28th of October 2017 and signed by  Mr. Emeka Emekesiri Esq, MOBIN has changed their allegiance to yet another Igbo-only party called All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

In the statement, the Directorate of State (DOS) of IPOB instructed all Biafrans to distance themselves from the information contained in the press release by the acclaimed Igbo-centric organization.

Holding a separate view from MOBIN, DOS emphasized that Biafra is not about Igbos only.

The statement read in part: “The nation of Biafra comprises the entire South-East and South-South geo-political regions plus Idoma in Benue state and Igala in Kogi state. It is shameful and disgusting for MOBIN to identify Biafra as having a population of 70 million (referring to Southeast/Southsouth/Idoma/Igala) in bullet-point #2 of their press release, only to pigeon-hole Biafra into an “Igbo Nation” as stated in bullet-point #4 of the same press release. What message is MOBIN trying to convey to Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, the Alabo Edi Abali of Kalabari Kingdom, who has littered his Facebook Page with messages affirming his Biafranism? By making Biafra an Igbo-only affair, what impression is MOBIN creating in the minds of  family members of General Phillip Effiong,  Brigadier Willie Archibong, Col. Nsudoh, Lt. Col. Frank Okilo, Mr. N. U. Akpan, Mr. Okon-Okon Ndem, HRH Frank Opigo, Mr. Ekukinam Bassey, Mr. Ignatius Kogbara, Dr. S. J. Cookey, and many other notable Biafrans who are not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland?”

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Dissociating itself from MOBIN’s allegiance to the Nigerian political parties, IPOB reiterated its determination to distance itself from Nigerian political process. The group Stated: “the entire Biafrans, through the authority invested in the DOS, have determined that they will no longer participate in the Nigerian political process but will rather welcome a process that will lead to a United Nations-mandated and supervised Referendum on Biafra. By participating in Nigerian political process, MOBIN is unwittingly endorsing the Nigerian fraudulent constitution which lied that Nigerian citizens enacted, made, and gave the said constitution unto themselves. How can MOBIN reconcile their claim to restore Biafra with Section-185(1), Schedule-7, and Section-2(1) of that very fraudulent constitution? Is MOBIN aware that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable as long as they recognize and obey all the provisions of Nigerian Constitution, especially Section-2(1)? It appears that MOBIN is unaware that Section-188(2b) of that fraudulent constitution shall be activated if any Governor ventures into Biafra restoration process because doing so will be a violation of Schedule-7, Section-1(2) and Section-2(1) of the same fraudulent constitution.”

IPOB further described the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as a fraudulent document that was single-handedly written by General Abdulsalami Abubakar. The constitution was forced down the throats of Nigerians and groups like MOBIN, the group said.

The group added: “The socioeconomic lives of Biafrans can never be improved as long as the fraudulent constitution of Nigeria exists. Section-4(2) and Schedule-2 (Part-1) of that fraudulent constitution alone are enough to bring Biafrans to lives of servitude and destitution. Do we need to remind MOBIN that it is an impossible task to insert clauses in the constitution that would allow Biafra to exit Nigeria considering Section-9 of that fraudulent constitution which gives undue advantage to the Arewa region of Nigeria when amending the constitution?

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“This is why the DOS-led IPOB became a member of a coalition platform called Lower Niger Independence Movement (LONIM) which has a roadmap that includes UN-mandated and supervised Referendum that will lead to the restoration of the nation of Biafra where a constitution shall be generated and approved by the ordinary citizens. The Biafran constitution will be a contrast with the Nigerian scenario in which General Abdulsalami Abubakar single-handedly wrote the fraudulent constitution and forced it down the throats of Nigerians and groups like MOBIN.”

The group concluded that “MOBIN can mobilize as much Igbo political hacks as they can muster but that is not the concern of real patriotic Biafrans because all Biafrans have determined that the restoration of the nation of Biafra is a divine project whose time has come and is, therefore, unstoppable, unquenchable, irreversible, and irrevocable.” 

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