By Tony Oraeki, Awka
Lead counsel of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor has confirmed the crucial meeting between Prof. Charles Soludo, Governor of Anambra state and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group when he visited him at DSS detention base in Abuja.
This is in contrast to some stories making the rounds in social media that Governor Soludo didn’t meet Kanu but only stage managed a meeting with a cloned person of Nnamdi Kanu’s identity.
In the statement signed by the lead counsel and made available to journalists in Awka, Anambra state yesterday, Ejiofor said that, though the highlights of their meeting remained private, but noted that Kanu reiterated his concern over the activities of some defiants who have nothing whatsoever to do with IPOB, rather than to wreak havoc and blame it on his peaceful movement.
He said that the IPOB leader was emphatic on his position that he never set up IPOB to spill blood but to secure the freedom of his people who have remained in perpetual bondage in their own fatherland.
According to the statement, “In view of this long held position, ONYENDU consequently distanced IPOB from the nefarious activities of criminals who are desecrating our land, and assured that their end is near.
“Onyendu urges UmuChineke to recall his personal sacrifices and contributions towards alleviating the hardship imposed on our people by the COVID-19 pandemic, during the infamous LOCKDOWN that lasted several months.
“Onyendu, spent millions of Naira in buying and distributing relief materials to our people across the South-East and South-South states, as well as some parts of the middle belt.
“Hence, Onyendu queried how the same people he is consciously making huge sacrifices for, to achieve a better future for them, could be subjected to bloody assault by the enemies of his movement?
“Consequently, Onyendu demanded for total sanity and peace to be restored in the region, and without further hesitation. He further urged that all hands should be on deck to ensure that this is achieved.
“Onyendu restated that IPOB is a peaceful movement, and not in any way associated with any form of violence”, he added.