IPOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra has stated that if the federal government sets a date for a referendum on the South-East region’s secession, it will cease its agitation.
Stakeholders have been asking for the country to be restructured in order to de-escalate the country’s tensions. IPOB stated this in a statement released on Monday in response to calls for restructuring.
The breakaway agitators stated that they are not opposed to restructuring, but that their demand is for the “return of Biafra state.”
Those who gain from the country’s “lopsidedness,” according to the secessionist organization, are “unlikely” to listen to calls for restructuring.
“Nigerian government must bear one thing in mind; IPOB is not fighting to restructure. We are not against restructuring but our demand is not restructuring,” the statement reads.
“Our demand is the restoration of Biafra State. All we need is a date for REFERENDUM to decide whether or not we want to continue with this forced marriage.
“Those who think Nigeria is ready for restructuring may have to think again. Those benefiting from the current lopsidedness have made restructuring impossible. They are unlikely to heed the clamour for restructuring.
“But for us, the only thing that can make us slow down a little is the government giving us a date for the referendum.
“Restoration of the sovereign State of Biafra is a divine mandate. Our eternal leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu told them to restructure Nigeria they said no and killed millions of Biafrans in the war.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB did not come on board to demand restructuring; we are for total freedom and independence.”
IPOB also stated that the sit-at-home order has been lifted, while also urging those who are targeting citizens in the southeast in the guise of “unknown gunmen” to quit.