Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has accused the British government of initiating the alleged marginalisation of Igbo people in Nigeria.
He stated this in a Friday statement issued through the group’s Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
Kanu alleged that in a bid to destroy Igbo unity, the British came up with the idea of “sub-Igbo groups” such as Bonny, Opobo and Ngwa without doing same for the Yoruba or Hausa ethnic groups.
The IPOB leader stated that apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo could have reversed the trend by uniting all the British-separated Biafra territories, but instead chose to do nothing.
He said that the Ohanaeze has been collecting money from the powers that be in Abuja while carrying on to Nidgbo as elders and intellectuals.
“Britain must have seen something unique qualities in us that made them want to destroy the Igbo race and other ethnic nationalities in Biafra at all cost.
“If not, why would they classify certain parts of Igboland as sub-Igbo groups including Ngwa, Opobo, Bonny and several others, but never had any sub-Yoruba or sub-Hausa groups.
“Britain then groomed Fulani terrorists to carry on the hatred and they perfected the art of shrinking Igboland through their evil boundary commission, which has continued on till date.
“You can see from this British map that the creators of Nigeria British colonial masters knew Bonny of Niger-Delta or South-South is actually UBANI, as in Ubani-Ibeku, where our leader come.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo never fought to unite those children of Igbo but were busy collecting money from Abuja and telling us how they are elders and intellectuals,” Kanu’s statement read.
“Biafra is one, we all are one people. Niger-Delta my foot. It is an indisputable fact that many riverine people across the breadth and length of Kalabari kingdom have Igbo lineage.
“By lineage it means we are all related by blood. This is the point we set out to establish when we started this debate,” Kanu added.