The radical group was founded with the purpose of handing over the Republic of Biafra to the South Easterners through secession.
Mainly of people from the Igbo ethnic group, IPOB is strongly rooting for an independent nation of Biafra which its members believe can be achieved by breaking away from Nigeria.
What is The Meaning of IPOB?
As earlier mentioned, IPOB means the Indigenous People of Biafra. They are the original owners of communities and inhabitants of Biafraland. Members of the group are mostly found in the South East of Nigeria, some parts of the South-South region and some parts of the Middle Belt.
The struggle for the restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra along the pre-colonial lines, consisting mainly of the South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria is what IPOB prides the most and seeks to achieve through peaceful demonstrations.
IPOB as an organization has maintained that the indigenous people of Biafra do not share any features or values with the other parts of Nigeria, making it impossible for the union to be productive.
As far as their struggle for sovereignty goes, IPOB has made every possible effort to remain peaceful in the efforts made towards the restoration of Biafra. This is notwithstanding the harsh treatment meted out to the members by the Nigerian government and security officials.
Just like what is obtainable with most colonial outposts in Africa, the Federal Republic of Nigeria has not taken it lightly with IPOB as the organization was labeled a terrorist organization.
According to the Nigerian government, it is against the law to segregate from the Nigerian union which was formed by their colonial masters.
Several other organizations apart from IPOB have been formed in the struggle for freedom, self-determination of the people of Biafra and the restoration of the land of Biafra as it was before the coming of the European colonialists who without the consent of the people, merged the colonies to form the country Nigeria.
A few of other associations with similar views as IPOB include the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), the Lower Niger Congress (LNC).
Who is The Leader?
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is Nnamdi Kanu. The United Kingdom-based political activist was illegally confined in prison by the Nigerian government on October 14, 2015, despite court orders for his release but was later released from prison on 28 April 2017 on bail.
Respected IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu was born to HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) and Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu on September 1967, in Isiama Afara, Abia State, Nigeria.
He had his elementary education at Library Avenue Primary School and his secondary school education at Government College Umuahia. He studied briefly at the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) but dropped out after two years. He would later relocate to London, where he enrolled at London Guildhall University now called London Metropolitan University (LMU) to study Political Economics.
Kanu vanished from the spotlight after his home in Abia State was raided by the Nigerian military in September 2017.
Here’s Everything To Know
1. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is an association formed by some indigenous Ethnic groups that constituted what we knew as Biafra before the coming of the European colonialists.
2. The group has been active since 2012 to date.
3. Biafra was founded on May 30, 1967.
4. At least, over 150 members of IPOB have died after they were allegedly attacked by the Nigerian army.
5. IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu is known for his signature Jewish outfits (Jewish prayer shawl and a skull cap) during his trial days. Kanu claims to be a Jew although Igbos are predominantly Christians.
6. Until his emergence as IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was not known.
Currently run by estranged IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu who sees himself as a political prisoner, Radio Biafra which is also known as Voice of Biafra is a radio station originally founded by the government of the Republic of Biafra.
The radio station reportedly had its first transmission before the onset of the war that broke out between Nigeria and Biafra. The radio station was used in the broadcast of speeches and information by the late leader of the people of Biafra, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to the citizens of the defunct Republic of Biafra
Based in the United Kingdom, Radio Biafra currently transmits through the internet and shortwave broadcast which targets mainly the eastern parts of Nigeria. The freedom of the people of Biafra is the main focus of the broadcasts.
IPOB – The Journey So Far
The peaceful struggles of the indigenous people of Biafra have been regrettably bedeviled by violence from the Nigerian government. Members of the organization have been killed, maimed and illegally arrested for making their voices heard.
In March 2016, IPOB staged a peaceful march in remembrance of fallen heroes of the Biafran struggle. The march however turned violent as protesters turned on security officials who were sent to monitor them, resulting in the deaths of two policemen and many IPOB members, while several others were arrested in different parts of Nigeria.
IPOB Press Release On Obigbo Massacre
We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are watching with keen interest, the murder of our people in cold blood in every part of Nigeria particularly in Obigbo, Rivers State, by Gov. Nyesom Wike and the Nigeria security agents who derive joy in slaughtering innocent people. Wike’s desperation to be Vice President in 2023 based on phantom promise by the Fulani is driving him into political malady.
We want to remind anybody who supports or partners Wike in murdering our people in Obigbo to brace up for the consequences of their atrocities because IPOB must avenge for the death of those innocent youths, women and even children murdered in cold blood.
Anybody who is still in doubt of the status/ boundary identity of Igweocha (Rivers State), should read the Supreme Court judgment on the case between Ikwerre and Okirika in 1958 when Wike was not yet born. Wike’s utterances on this simply portrays his ignorance. It shows that his father and uncles did not teach him history of Rivers State. Even Elechi Amadi affirmed that Rivers was part of Igbo land when he was confronted with the WACA judgment by Ohaneze Ndigbo, and that incontrovertible truth subsists till tomorrow.
Wike, you have started what you cannot finish because IPOB is coming and there is nothing you can do to escape judgement. Your attempt to decimate youths in Obigbo under the guise of decimating IPOB members is only efforts in futility because IPOB is so formidable that no Pharaoh can wipe it off let alone a little fly like you.
Everybody knows that Wike is working for Northern political elite who has asked him to decimate IPOB as a condition to be endorsed for the Vice Presidental slot in 2023 otherwise, they will give it to one of the South East Governors strongly angling for the position.
IPOB remains committed to restoring Biafra sovereignty and independence irrespective of the mounting opposition by the enemies. Wike should also be reminded that the South East and South South people are united in this cause, and that no amount of sabotage and treachery by him and his likes can break the bond of unity among the people.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB
IPOB Press Release
Following the killings, destruction and burning of private properties occassioned by the brutal state sanctioned murder of peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, brave youths across Biafraland would come out to commence the process of cleaning up and securing their towns and cities from hoodlums and criminal elements. This will afford young people in places like Benin, Enugu, Aba, Abakaliki, Umuahia, Nnewi, Uyo, Calabar, Onitsha & Igweocha the long awaited opportunity to tidy up and clear the numerous mountains of rubbish in these cities which has become not only an eyesore but also a health hazard. Measures are also being put in place to protect the lives and properties of innocent citizens from being attacked by rented hoodlums and political thugs. However, where necessary, assets acquired with looted public funds by corrupt politicians will remain a legitimate target.
It is important to note that anybody found attacking or engaging in arson or wanton destruction of private property will be dealt with on the spot. Peaceful protests will commence after the clean-up but will only be confined to designated locations, there will be no procession or street march. Marching on the streets will not be tolerated as not to give room to mischief makers to breach public peace. We are hereby issuing a warning that any hoodlum or rented thug found at the venue of any protest will be mercilessly dealt with by the people. We urge them to steer clear or better join us in the clean-up and peaceful gathering afterwards.
Anybody found wandering near a bank or loitering with intent will be moved on. People will not be allowed to congregate near a bank or financial institution. No act capable of breaching the peace will be tolerated from Monday the 26th of October 2020 onwards. Protests and gatherings will be held but it must be peaceful and orderly. No criminality of any form will be condoned, either from hoodlums, hired thugs, the police or the army. Everybody must be well behaved.
It is our hope that protests across Biafraland and Nigeria must continue until all demands made by the leaders of #EndSars movement met in quick time. We urge all youths who have been intimidated into submission by security agencies, especially in Abuja, to return to the streets from tomorrow, October 26. We warn every thug belonging to criminal politicians and DSS hoodlums to steer clear of protest venues or there will be a repeat of last week’s mayhem.
- COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB
We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura For Daring Us – IPOB Tells Buhari
Home/News/IPOB : We Will Launch Radio Biafra In Daura for Daring us – IPOB Tells Buhari
Barely 24 hours the federal government approved N654 million bill for deployment of hybrid spectrum to monitor illegal frequencies in the southern part of the country most especially in the southeast . The government led by President Buhari on Thursday 8th October 2020 approved the bill.
In response to this, the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) threatened to launch the biafran radio frequency in Daura hometown of the president.
IPOB to Buhari: “For Daring us we will launch radio Biafra in Daura.”
The leader of the IPOB group Nnamdi Kanu wrote;
“This wicked but futile decision was taken during their federal executive meeting on Wednesday 7th October.” That the president of Nigeria Mohammed Buhari mapped out such whooping amount of money for this unreasonable project despite its precarious economic state confirms their jittery over the name IPOB. I thought they called us miscreants why are they losing sleep over miscreants? ”
Nigeria News2 months ago
Northern Leaders Calls For 12 States Restructure, Resource Control
Nigeria News1 month ago
We Will End Every Agreement We Have With Britain Since They Are Aiding IPOB – Lai Muhammed Blows Hot
Insecurity2 months ago
Breaking : New Haven Police Station In Enugu Reportedly Attacked By Unknown People
Health5 months ago
Four Spiritual Benefits Of Bathing With Scent Leaf
Business News2 months ago
Breaking : Jubilation As Onitsha See Port Received First Container After 40 Years
Imo News2 months ago
Will You Still Call Hope Uzodinma A “Supreme court Governor” Since Court Has Dismissed A Suit To Sack Him?
American News1 month ago
Fish Out Soldiers Involved In Lekki Tollgate Massacre – US Government Tells Osibanjo
News1 month ago
ENDSARS : North Will Go To War Against The South If Buhari Is Removed – Yerima Shettima Warns