IPOB says the south-east leaders that met with the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo did not represent the views of the leadership of the group and the masses. They described the delegation as a senseless gathering of a few compromised political jobbers from Igbo states.
IPOB maintains that any discussion with the federal government that does not agree with the referendum on the Biafra Republic is a waste of time. They described the leaders that were in the meeting with Osinbajo are in agreement with the administration of All Progressive Congress.
The pro-Biafra group said in a statement on Thursday, June 15, by its media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, that the delegation was not representing the views of the leadership of IPOB worldwide and could speak for the masses.
The statement read in part: “This meeting we understand was convened at the instigation of the Nigerian Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo following the political fallout from the hugely successful IPOB sit-at-home order of 30th of May 2017. “With one or two exceptions and with the greatest respect to the attendees to this Nigeria sponsored gathering in Abuja, the so-called South-East delegation is in no way representative of the views of the leadership of IPOB worldwide, neither can they claim with any degree of sincerity to be speaking for the masses. “Therefore all Osinbajo has succeeded in achieving with this meeting is to waste scarce resources that could have been
“Therefore all Osinbajo has succeeded in achieving with this meeting is to waste scarce resources that could have been channelled towards more useful purposes. None of those that attended this meeting with Osinbajo gave the order for people to sit-at-home on May 30th. So we are at a loss to understand the justification for their invitation to the meeting to discuss something they know nothing about.”
“We do not think that presiding over the distribution of monthly allocation from Abuja qualifies any political office holder to discuss issues pertaining to IPOB and Biafra restoration when the leadership can be directly contacted. “Since August 2015 that Nigerian Government and her security operatives, especially the Army, Navy, DSS and Police, have been killing and abducting innocent and peaceful IPOB members, none of the governors that attended this meeting in Abuja rose to condemn the brutal and barbaric repression of IPOB peaceful agitation for a independent homeland for Biafrans.”