Ndigbo not interested in hardship protest in Nigeria, won’t join – IPOB

Despite the temptation to join other ethnic nationalities to protest the current economic strangulation in Nigeria under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)has urged people in the South-East not to join the increasing protests sweeping across many parts of Nigeria against the current economic hardship in President Bola Tinubu-led administration.

The IPOB warned that such protests must not take place in the South Eastern states, insisting that Igbo had long lost interest in Nigerian affairs and were only waiting for an opportunity to leave.

The group made the claim in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful.

IPOB further insisted that anyone who organised any protest against economic hardship in the South East would put Ndigbo in danger.

In a statement on Tuesday, IPOB spokesman “cautions the people of Biafra not to join any protest against hunger in Nigeria in any South-East territory.”

Powerful said: “The current hardship in Nigeria should be the concern of Nigerians, not Biafrans. Biafrans are no longer interested in the affairs of Nigeria. Biafrans were abused, intimidated, beaten, killed and denied voting rights during the election of this present government. Ndigbo were told to wait, that it was not their turn to rule.

“Anyone who organises any protest against economic hardship in Biafraland will put Biafrans in danger.  During the #EndSARS protest, the Federal Government accused Ndigbo of attempting to destroy Nigeria with violence. We don’t want such profiling and targeting to repeat because of Ndigbo’s participation in any Nigerian mass protest.

“Ndigbo should leave the current economic hardship in the contraption called Nigeria for Nigerians to deal with because this hardship is what God Almighty has in store for Nigeria for the crimes they have committed against Biafrans between 1967 to 1970 and up to date.

“We understand that Ndigbo are equally affected by the economic hardship arising from the reckless and thoughtless economic policies of the government, but God is still seeing Biafrans through. We are worried about the suffering of other tribes, but there is nothing we can do. The current situation is why Biafrans are fighting for freedom. Nevertheless, we must apply wisdom.”

The group further said anyone or group that wants to organise a protest for Nigeria’s hardship should kindly go to the northern or western part of the country and stage such protests there.

“Our region is battling the state-sponsored insecurity, kidnappings, and killings by the Federal Government’s agencies and agents, including terrorists. We have much on our hands to do. We will not allow anyone or any group to use the arrangement of protests to import more agents of destabilization into our territory,” it said.

The country has in recent times witnessed increasing agitation and protests over the rising cost of living and skyrocketing prices of foodstuffs.

In a related development, the apex socio-cultural Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Monday, called on Ndigbo not to join any such protest against the Tinubu-led Federal Government.

Ohanaeze urged Nigerians to exercise patience with Tinubu.

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