A coalition of pro-Biafra groups under the aegis of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday has declared Nnamdi Kanu as no leader of the group saying the embattled secessionist lacks the capacity to declare the Republic of Biafra without an agreement with all the critical stakeholders.
The four groups under the coalition include the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Eastern People’s Congress (EPC), Bille Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) and Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN).
They also dismissed Kanu’s stance after his speech on Sunday as “mischievous over-statement and absolutely senseless.”
A statement released by the coalition reads, “We make bold to say that Biafra had existed as an independent nation for three years. It is important to remind the entire world that the Nigeria- Biafra civil war (1967 — 1970) ended on the note of ‘no victor, no vanquished.’
“Nnamdi Kanu has neither the authority of Ndiigbo nor the capacity to declare a new Republic for the Igbo nation. His address is mischievous, an overstatement and absolutely senseless.
“No one has the right to declare the restoration of the Republic of Biafra without full consultations with the Igbo critical stakeholders.”
The coalition explained nobody has the unilateral power to decide the fate of all the people under IPOB, no matter how influential the person seems to be.
The groups recalled that in 2012, the Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra mandated BILIE Human Rights Initiatives to sue the Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.
“That suit is, at present, being heard in one of Nigeria’s Federal High Courts in Abuja. The Coalition of Pro-Biafra Groups supports only approaches for Biafra emancipation through diplomacy, and, in accordance with the rule of law as declared by the United Nations Organisations’ (UNO) Charter and Principles and those of the African Union (AU) Commission on Human & Peoples rights.
“The Coalition, therefore, rejects, in its totality, any approach or strategy by any Igbo citizen or group that tends to provoke brutal confrontations against the State with its severe consequences for our people, while not shying away from the monumental commitments to the struggle for the freedom of the Biafran people,” they said.
They continued, “We urge the good people of Biafra, other groups and citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the world to disregard the purported declaration by Kanu.
We maintain that even after the Biafran Republic is restored, the people of Biafra shall continue to live peacefully with their neighbours in Africa and other peoples of the world in brotherhood and love because Biafra does not, and will not exist in the air but in its geographical location within the West African sub-region.”