The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked the federal government and Igbo leaders to produce Nnamdi Kanu “dead or alive”. Kanu has not been seen in public since soldiers of the Nigerian army invaded his Abia residence during the Operation Python Dance exercise.
IPOB had accused the army of taking Kanu along with his parents during the raid, although the army denied having him in their custody. The group later warned that failure to produce the IPOB leader would force them to engage in an armed struggle. On Sunday, the group renewed the call for Kanu’s “release”, warning the federal government and Igbo leaders that “they may get their wish in no distant time” if he is not produced.
A statement issued by Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, read: “We are asking Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and south-east governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.
“It was as a direct result of the military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.
“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo, and south-east governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the south-est and south -south.
“Should they continue to defy the laws of natural justice and fair play by not releasing our leader, they may get their wish in no distant time. As the architects of Python Dance II, Nnia Nwodo and south-east governors are under moral obligation to disclose to Igbo people in particular and Biafrans, in general, the whereabouts of IPOB leader or have themselves to blame.
“We are therefore advising all those culpable in the abduction of our leader, his parents, and death of dozens of IPOB family members in Abia and Rivers state to please release our leader to us before things get out of hand.”
IPOB further said the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra must be accomplished “whether the collaborators like it or not. No man born of a woman can stop it,” it added.