The hostility between the Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the South-East Governors’ Forum on one side and the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra is taking a new dimension with the latter warning the former against speaking for the Igbos.
IPOB, in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, declared Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the Southeast East Governors Forum traitors.
The group said that the recently held sit-at-home exercise, which it described as very successful, proved that IPOB was the only group that could speak for Igbos.
The statement reads in part, “By virtue of the overwhelming compliance with the 14th of September 2018 Sit-At-Home order issued by IPOB and the mandate conferred therein as the authentic representative of the people of the east, we the Indigenous People of Biafra do hereby declare the proscription of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and all other gatherings of saboteurs and collaborators operating within Biafra.
“In keeping with the spirit of this declaration, we warn that anybody or group of persons working with Nnia Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndigbo or South East Governors Forum is doing so at their own risk.
“These two groups do not represent the people of the east and lack the popular mandate to do so. Events of September 14, is confirmation that our people have rejected their politics of acquiescence, servitude and slavery.
“The few surviving founding members of Ohanaeze will attest to this undisputed fact. To weaken the post war cohesion that still existed among the people of the east, Fulani caliphate gathered their Igbo agents together to destroy the east from within.
“In as much as the people of the east is concerned, Ohaneze Ndigbo no longer exists, but only on paper. Henceforth any public gathering organised by them will be disrupted. The era of traitors and collaborators presiding over the affairs of the people of the east has come to an end”.