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Biafra protesters storm Westminster as Buhari meets the Queen

SOME Biafran protesters yesterday  demonstrated at the Pall Mall  Street, Westminster, United Kingdom, about 650 metres from Buckingham Palace, as President Muhammadu Buhari was meeting British Prime minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II and other heads of state.

The protesters, among other things, requested the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of  Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and a referendum on the fate of Biafra.

While the protest was ongoing, the president and other heads of states were being received by May, the British PM and Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, at the official opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM 2018.

No amount of blackmail can stop Biafra

The  Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday also insisted  that no amount of blackmail would stop it from achieving the Biafra Republic.

The leadership of IPOB was reacting to what it called the ‘fabricated and fake statement’ credited to someone who claimed to be a traditional ruler of an autonomous community in Mbaise, Imo State, who described the ongoing IPOB Biafra project as a fraud.

The said traditional ruler was said to have made the statement in a national newspaper..

IPOB, in a statement, said the publication was an attempt to poison the minds of Biafrans and divert their attention from seeking their freedom from Nigeria.’

IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said the alleged traditional ruler from Mbaise who was quoted in the publication does not exist.

He said: “There is no traditional ruler or person of interest from Mbaise residing in Calabar who goes by the name quoted in the said story. This is another agent provocateur publication in the mold of the equally fake   ‘Okwudili’ the non-existent, phantom Biafra ‘leader’, designed to mislead the masses into thinking that certain Igbo traditional rulers are against the current IPOB- led agitation for Biafra independence. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it is a black lie.

“It is highly unethical for a national publication to facilitate the dissemination of what is in essence, a fake news, all in an effort to weaken IPOB or test the resolve of our global followership. The article was calculated and designed to impugn the integrity of the struggle for Biafra liberation championed by IPOB and led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“Findings by IPOB intelligence unit and family members in and around the five communities that make up Mbaise have conclusively determined that nobody with the name of the said traditional ruler  ever existed, talk less of being crowned a traditional ruler. “Those behind this fabrication must know that Biafrans are highly intelligent people and internationally proven to be the most intelligent race in the black world. Therefore, these lies peddled by enemies of Biafra freedom will never hold water or gain any traction.

“It is now very clear to all that IPOB remains the potent force it has always been, despite the horrors of Operation Python Dance and the illegal abduction of our leader, hence the concerted effort to degrade our movement through smear campaigns and outright lies. Nothing can stop IPOB.. Biafra must be restored.”

Ohanaeze not part of Buhari’s endorsement for 2019

Meantime, the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has disassociated itself from the proposed endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019 elections by some Igbo groups working under the umbrella of Ohanaeze.

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