Militants in the Niger Delta have called on the Federal Government to let Igbos secede from Nigeria.
According to Punch, they also condemned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for allegedly attacking Hausa’s in Rivers,
The militants, in a statement also urged the Federal Government to release funds to the South-East states.
They said “We condemn the IPOB attack and destruction of properties in Oyigbo in Rivers State; we have warned this people several times that Rivers State and the entire Niger Delta region is not and would not be part of Biafra. They rush to Rivers State to attack Hausa community in order to involve the Niger Delta territory in the ill-advised secession agenda of IPOB.
“We are appealing to the Nigerian government to allow Igbo to go and have their independence without the involvement of other zones since they are tired of being in Nigeria.
“Rather the government should allow them to be on their own, stop funding the South Eastern states with the Niger Delta money. They should be on their own, generate their funds and pay their bills. It is high time Nigeria allowed Igbo to be on their own to avoid another civil war.
“Nigeria is not ready to go into another civil war, we therefore appeal to the government to allow Igbo to go and be on their own, all the serving governors, senators, House of Reps members, ministers, Ambassadors from the South East extraction should resign immediately and join Nnamdi Kanu to form Biafra government, let peace reign in Nigeria.”
The militants also condemned the military for listing IPOB as a terrorist organization.
Reacting to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s advise to President Buhari to dialogue with IPOB, they said “It is totally wrong that the man who destroyed Udi, Bayelsa State in Niger Delta can today talk about dialogue.
“During his tenure Asari Dokubo and others were locked up for over one year without trial while he was busy siphoning Niger Delta money, today he is talking about dialogue.”
Meanwhile, the Igbo socio-cultural group known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo has faulted the Nigerian Army for labelling IPOB as a terror group.