In the press statement by Emma Powerful, IPOB deeply sorrow over the leadership failure among Igbo politicians. The level of disappointment from politicians, IPOB said is worse than losing the civil war.
During the war, Biafrans had great leaders and the remembrance of the likes of Same Mbakwe and Michael Okparla reminds Biafrans of the impact of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who really stepped into the shoes of Biafran heroes that have been abandoned for so long. After the civil war, Igbo leaders like Mbakwe were able to rebuild the ruins and make the people feel secure and confident to live on.
It was clear that Chief Sam Mbakwe was named the weeping governor when he wept over the federal government failure to help to stop the flood at Ndiegoro in Aba. Mbakwe had established legacies in infrastructure and education and like Michael Okpara he defended strongly the interest of the people.
With a bleeding heart, IPOB feel so disappointed in the so called Igbo leaders of today and the press statement read:
“What is beyond belief is that these politicians and Aso Rock informants claiming to be Igbo leaders would come out openly to say that IPOB has no experience in the politics of Nigeria, whereas they that claim to have all the experience in the world have done nothing with their supposed wealth of experience to adequately address the issues confronting the people today which is freedom.
“The impact of the failure of present Igbo leadership is a worse trauma than losing the war. In their utterances, often devoid of logic, they ignorantly equate the demand for freedom to mere youthful exuberance or clamor for war. Does it therefore mean that every demand for self determination automatically equates to war? Where did they get such perverted idea from that a demand for referendum, which is a democratic exercise, somehow translates into war.
We are interested to know which history or philosophy text teaches that or where they got the absurd notion from. Such assertions are often made from a position of ignorance, therefore we encourage them to study the history of liberation movements around the world and stop equating our quest for referendum to a declaration of war.
For misrepresenting the people, Ohaneze Ndigbo must remember that IPOB seriously warned that “Any day Ohaneze Ndigbo, the so-called Igbo leaders gather in public, we will make sure we show them how upset we are. The era of selling the collective interest of the masses to the highest bidder has come to an end. All we want is referendum not restructuring; we want Biafra not Nigeria. We have buried too many people, we have lost too many souls, we are pained by the innocent who are still languishing in illegal detention all over Nigeria and we are enraged by the betrayal of those we call socio-political leaders. Only the total restoration of Biafra will suffice, anything else is mere waste of time.