By Achike Amadi, Enugu
A faction of the Biafra separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has named Jonathan Kurubo as the new leader of the group to replace the embattled Nnamdi Kanu.
The group, which wishes to be known as the Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, further listed names of prominent sons and daughters of Igboland to dialogue with the Federal Government over the agitation for an independent state of Biafra.
In a statement signed by its National Director of Publicity, Ikemba Biafra, RE-IPOB described the new leader, as a true son of Biafra who believes in the cause and dignity of the marginalised people of the old Eastern region.
While calling on the people of Biafra living in the old Eastern region and in Diaspora, to support the new leader, RE-IPOB unveiled a list of eminent personalities and elders of Biafra who are expected to lead its negotiation with the Nigerian government.
The list include; Dr Arthur Nwankwo,Dr kenneth Opigo, Dr. Okey Emordi, Barr. Uche Okwukwu, Obong Victor Attah, Prof Nwankwo Nwaezeigwe, Chief Bassey Akpan, Prof Mrs Uche Azikiwe, Prof Wole Soyinka, Uchenna Madu, Prof Jerry Gana, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, representative of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, representative of Umuada Igbo, and Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma who is expected to lead the delegation.
“We warn that RE-IPOB is not negotiating out of fear. Our position is not out of cowardice, we want peace. But the federal government should return our goodwill and readiness for talks with honesty and sincerity. Nnamdi Kanu should henceforthdesist from issuing any statement on behalf of Biafra in his own interest,” the statement read.