– It accused him of plotting to be vice president in 2019
– It said it will continue to agitate for Biafra
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has lashed out at Dr Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of the Ohaneze Ndigbo saying he was planning to be vice president in 2019.
In a statement released on Wednesday, October 11, the now-proscribed group said it fell out with the Ohaneze Ndigbo leader and that he was bitter because he wasn’t allowed to be the leader of the eastern region.
IPOB said: “It has become absolutely necessary to reply Chief Nnia Nwodo, on his Aso Villa sponsored umbrage on the great and noble IPOB and our humble leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Chief Nwodo’s F.G- backed tissue of lies which was designed to blackmail and paint us as violent, disrespectful and unintelligent bunch of ingrates is only an arm of the war declared on us by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We begin by reminding Nwodo, that our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu represents the righteous anger of the much abused, much betrayed masses of Eastern region, who have watched helplessly for 47 years as their so called leaders traded away their collective future for peanuts.”
The group said Nwodo was angry that they did not support his ambition to be leader of the Igbo people.
It said: “Nwodo is piqued and pissed that we did not allow him to trade with the great IPOB and present himself as the overall leader of Eastern Nigeria, thereby packaging himself as the ultimate VP choice for 2019.
“We have nothing against his secret and hidden political ambitions. We wish him luck. It’s just that Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB will not be available for him to trade off. We will always prefer men like the 87 year old Prof Ben Nwabueze, First Republic Minister Mbazuluike Amechi and the upright Archbishop Anthony Obinna to lead us to any meeting with government.
“When we stopped activities in Biafraland on 30th May this year and the oppressor panicked and responded with a quit notice, the F.G. immediately reached out to all the zones, Nwodo moved his train to Abuja and met with the Acting President, Osinbajo and announced that check points and appointments into Buhari’s government were our only grouse with Nigeria. This is a blatant lie because our leader agreed with Nwodo that Nigeria must show commitment towards addressing our key demand which is referendum.”
Nwodo was unhappy that he was not allowed to attend the meeting Kanu had with Igbo leaders.