The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned against being forced to take up arms against the Nigerian Army.
IPOB accused the Army of steering up war against the people from the south east by allegedly killing two youths in Owerri, Imo State on Monday.
The secessionist group alleged that the Army abducted some people in Aba last night and this morning, including a husband and wife.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group called for immediate release of those allegedly abducted by Nigerian Army, adding that the world should not blame them if they decide to take up arms against the military and other security agencies.
The statement reads: “It has been made to feel that a Biafran life is worthless,” warning that it should not be pushed into carrying arms, saying “in spite of Biafrans being the most long-suffering people in the world, their anger is becoming uncontrollable and the world will wake up to start pontificating if they could involved in such act of carrying arms.”
“The Nigerian Army is at it again. Nigerian Army is conducting a stealth genocidal war against Biafrans and it is the responsibility of the world to take note.
Yesterday, they shot dead two young men in Owerri. Last night and this morning they have commenced their abduction of Biafrans in Aba. Biafrans are now the longest suffering race in human history. One day the anger will no longer be controllable and the world will wake up then to start pontificating.
“We have been made to feel that a Biafran life is worthless. Let these facts be chronicled for posterity because we shall reference them at the appropriate time. Any day we start, let the world not blame us.Those that gave the Nigerian army license to kill our people will regret and face the consequences of their action with their families.
“Nigerian Army must release those they abducted including a husband and wife they kidnapped this morning. Our decision to boycott elections is an act of civil disobedience which any reasonable person ought to understand.
That Nigeria is an uncivilised backward society is not the fault of IPOB. We have chosen a civilized non violent approach but it appears Fulani Caliphate, their Jihadi Nigerian Army and Igbo Efulefus are hell bent on provoking us to pick up arms. When that eventually happens, the world should know those to hold responsible.”
Meanwhile, VANGUARD reported that the newly promoted Director of Army Public Relation, Col. Sagir Musa, who had requested for a copy of the allegations made against the Nigerian Army by IPOB was obliged with a copy of it, but they are yet to respond to the allegations.