The lingering rift between the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the apex Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Monday deepened with the pro-Biafra group accusing Ohanaeze leadership of sabotaging Igbo interest which it pretends to protect.
Ohanaeze, in a swift response, cautioned IPOB against making derogatory remarks against Igbo elders .
Ohanaeze Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, faulted IPOB for its purported proscription of Ohanaeze, saying it lacked such powers.
“The purported proscription of Ohanaeze Ndigbo by IPOB is laughable and a comic relief. It’s like somebody saying that he has proscribed Ndigbo. IPOB and pro-Biafran agitators are our children.
“A father and his child can differ in their approach to issues but that cannot and should not make the son to insult his father in the market place,” Ohanaeze said.
IPOB had said: “The betrayal of Nnamdi Kanu and his family by Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a well-established pattern by this group of saboteurs to kill any popularly accepted leader dedicated to setting the masses free.
“The interest of Ohanaeze Ndigbo lies in destroying anybody or group that dares challenge the hegemony of their masters the Fulani caliphate. Nnamdi Kanu refused every mouth-watering offer to abandon Biafra agitation.
“He refused to succumb to their blackmail at Enugu Government House meeting with South East governors. When Nnamdi Kanu refused to accept money, oil wells and choice properties around the world in exchange for Biafra, he was marked for death.
“IPOB Intelligence intercepted correspondence between Nnia Nwodo and Commander of 82 Army Division Enugu pleading with him to launch a military attack against Nnamdi Kanu’s compound.
“Conversations between Governor Dave Umahi and Lawal Daura the former SSS (DSS) Director-General also confirm that all South East governors were in support of the assassination of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,” he said.
“In Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s press statements in the aftermath of the deadly invasion of Isiama Afaraukwu and massacre of IPOB family members, it will be observed that he justified the killing of Nnamdi Kanu by repeatedly saying that what happened to Kanu and his parents prevented the death of millions of Igbo people living in the north. He also alluded to this in his BBC Igbo interview on the matter.