The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has stated that the group might consider taking up arms against the Nigerian state, should the military siege on South East continue.
This is coming just as he accused governors in the South East of plans to set him up for assassination by soldiers deployed to the region.
In a statement her personally signed on Wednesday, Kanu however turned down a planned meeting with the governors scheduled for Friday in Enugu, saying he alongside other leaders of the group were busy burying those killed in the clash with the military.
This coming just as he stated that the group would reconsider its non-violent stance against the Federal Government in the wake of the military siege on the region.
“In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquility of the South-East and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-East governors as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.” He wrote.
Part of the reasons adduced for shunning the meeting include, the burial of those shot by men of the Nigerian Army deployed his house and those stationed along motor ways leading into Umuahia.
“I have been reliably informed also, that a detachment of this same soldiers responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday.
“On that same Friday the 15th of September 2017, the leadership of IPOB through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State (DOS) headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner. There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state.” He wrote.
On the way forward, he wrote that “It is impossible to engage in any meaningful conversation with the governors in the midst of so much bloodshed, abductions and military siege of our town and villages. Accordingly, we will not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is conducive and peaceful enough to allow for such.”