The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has responded to a remark made by Pa Edwin Clark, an Ijaw leader and elder statesman, that the South-South area cannot be part of Biafra.
Clark, according to IPOB, is unimportant in Nigeria’s operations and lacks the power to speak for the people of the Niger Delta.
The group went on to call the Ijaw leader a saboteur and a traitor, saying he betrayed former President Goodluck Jonathan, just as he abandoned Igbo people during the country’s Biafra/Civil War from 1967 to 1970.
This was said by IPOB spokeswoman Emma Powerful in a statement received by SaharaReporters on Friday.
Clark, on Monday, while granting an interview to BBC Pidgin said, “To me, IPOB is not pursuing the right thing. So, they have a good complaint, but going about it wrongly. How can Delta be part of Biafra? In what way? Is Biafra older or bigger than Delta? How can Rivers State or Akwa Ibom become part of Biafra? They are dreaming for still thinking about the Eastern Region of those days.”
In its reaction, IPOB said, “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has come across a statement credited to Edwin Clerk during his BBC Pidgin English interview, where he said that Niger Delta is not part of Biafra. We are disappointed by such a statement coming from a supposed elder statesman like Edwin Clark.
“Biafra will come Edwin Clark will fail in his betrayal salary getting from the enemy (sic) and on the blood of his people but he must know that he cannot stop Biafra with his inconsequential utterances cannot stop because he was paid to do so.
“We know his job and DNA is betrayal and sabotage even he sabotaged his brother former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as president of Nigeria. He always takes sabotage and betrayal as norms. It is unbelievable and unfortunate he continues doing this until younger generations knew that it is his hubby.
Edwin Clark and others like him are to blame for Biafra being treated like slaves in their own land today. A guy of Edwin Clark’s age is not expected to be stingy with the truth or mislead the younger generation for personal gain.”
The separatist organization reminded Clark that an Izon man from the South-South offered the term Biafra to the late General Emeka Ojukwu in a statement headlined, “Edwin Clark Is A Spent Force That Lacks The Mandate To Speak For The People Of The Niger Delta.”
The organization emphasized that Biafra would secede from Nigeria, and while Clark and those who choose to remain in Nigeria have the right to do so, the nonagenarian cannot speak for the people of the South-South.
“It’s shocking that Edwin Clark is unaware that those who possess Biafra are the people he refers to as South-South or Niger-Delta, depending on the situation. How quickly Edwin Clark forgets that it was an Izon man who first proposed the name “Biafra,” which Ojukwu and his Eastern Consultative Assembly adopted without hesitation or argument!
“Edwin Clark should know that IPOB, led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, did not force any clan to join Biafra but if his community, clan and tribe refuse to join Biafra through a referendum at the right time, should not blame anybody for their fate in Nigeria.
“By the time Biafra will exit Nigeria through a referendum, any clan in the so-called Niger Delta that refuses to be liberated from the Nigerian bondage should get ready to serve the Fulani as slaves forever.
“We, however, know that Edwin Clark is not speaking for millions of Niger Delta youths, men and women earnestly yearning for their liberation from the Nigerian bondage. He is only speaking for his Fulani slavemasters but very soon he will discover that he is a General without foot soldiers.
“Biafra will come during the lifetime of Edwin Clark, and he will spend the balance of his life in regrets. His family will disappoint him during a referendum for Biafra freedom,” the statement added