…As IPOB orders sit-at-home, bans Church services on May 30
A coalition of Niger Delta groups under the aegis of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Cross-River, (BRAC), States’ Coastal Aborigines has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), to leave their communities out in their agitation for Biafra Republic.
They said, “We are not Igbo, but a completely distinct set of people in character, culture and all, from the Igbo”.
While describing the attacks on their communities as provocative and unacceptable, the organisation said within the last couple of weeks they had witnessed the invasion, harassment, raping and killing of innocent citizens, and disruption of peace and socio-economic activities in BRAC coastal territory by IPOB activists.
A statement issued by the General Coordinator of BRAC, Doris Mcdaniels, said the attacks first berthed sometime last year in Oyigbo and the Port Harcourt areas of BRAC territory following the direct instruction of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, through incessant, inflammatory radio broadcast .
The statement reads partly: “It should be noted that our traditional fathers, leaders and the generality of our people have severally and at one time or the other distanced our people and territory from IPOB and their Biafra dream State.” The BRAC said it was annoying and very offensive for the Igbo to continue to assume their territory as part of their dream nation.
Meanwhile, the IPOB has ordered a protest and a sit-at-home on May 30. Its media and publicity officer, Emma Powerful, made this known in a statement issued yesterday, adding that the protest would hold in 100 countries where IPOB members and sympathisers reside.