– A crack within the wall of the IPOB has led to a splitting of the pro-Biafra group
– The Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB) have broken out of the main group
– TRIPOB says attaining a Republic of Biafra is not feasible
– IPOB has reacted to news regarding a split in its ranks
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday, August 24 denied reports in some quarters that there was a split in its ranks, saying that the organisation remained united and strong in pursuing the cause of Biafra self-determination.
Nnamdi Kanu leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is still held captive for crimes bothering on treason.
A faction of the IPOB says Biafra is not feasible. The head of media and publicity of IPOB, Emma Powerful, said the organisation under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, had not changed and the loyalty of members was not in doubt.
“The only recognised IPOB is the one led by Nnamdi Kanu,” he said, adding that both locally and internationally there is no other group that goes by that name According to This Day, Powerful blamed the insinuation of leadership crisis on Dr. Dozie Ikedife of Bilie human rights group, who had some time ago, claimed that he was the leader of IPOB even when he did not know how the organisation was formed by Kanu.
According to him, Ikedife and his group have seen that “a lot of progress has been made in the Biafra struggle” and therefore want to hijack the leadership of IPOB, adding that they have failed in their mischievous mission. Ikedife had in March 2016 along with some people formed what they called customary government of Biafra, which they regarded as shadow government of Biafra without any recourse to IPOB leadership hence it was disowned by the members. The IPOB media and publicity head noted that it was the detractors that were now giving the impression that IPOB is divided but the world knows better and nobody can claim what is not real.
“Nnamdi Kanu remains the undisputable leader and symbol of IPOB and no other organisation can change the situation,” he insisted. Earlier reports had suggested that the position of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as led by Nnamdi Kanu, had been described as inflexible and defeatist by a faction of IPOB identified as the Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra (TRIPOB). TRIPOB reportedly made the assertion on Monday, August 22 in Aba, Abia state.