The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it cannot attack the South-East and South-South residents of Nigeria contrary to what a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari had claimed.
IPOB dismissed the claim made by one Shekau, reiterating that it is not a violent group.
It, however, alleged that its enemies are stockpiling weapons from Pakistan to invade ‘Biafraland' (largely Southeastern Nigeria).
The group disclosed this in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday.
The secessionist group said this while reacting to a statement made by one Shekau in the Biafra struggle in the media.
It also stated that it had interfered with the planned governorship election in Anambra State, adding that self-determination is its main objective.
The statement read, “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have read with amusement, a fallacious media remark by one inconsequential Shekau, a self-acclaimed supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, where he displayed his ignorance and cluelessness about IPOB, our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the goings-on in Biafra land.
“As much as we would not want to dignify this amorphous fellow with a response, the pertinent question is: who is this Shekau without a surname that a national newspaper like Daily Trust should publish?
“It is a pity that this ignoble fellow and attention seeker compared a non-violent movement like IPOB to Boko Haram terrorists, created and groomed by the North to kill Jewish and Christian adherents, indigenous Northerners and security agents.
“IPOB has seen numerous false propaganda in the past and we are not in any way moved by this latest vomit. We know the antics of our enemies who are never tired of sponsoring media lies to cover up their evil and rubbish our struggle for independence but we are not deterred.
“Contrary to the vomit by this inconsequential fellow, IPOB has no plans to attack South Easterners and South Southerners. In the first place, violence is not part of our philosophy. Assuming we want to resort to violence, how can we attack our people whom we are fighting for? It does not make any sense.
“But we know their motive for peddling this falsehood as our intelligence report confirms the importation and stockpiling of arms from Pakistan for their planned invasion of Biafraland but we are waiting for them.
“We are so astonished that a terrorist like Shekau without surname will be the one telling Biafran people to hate their own while he and his kinsmen openly protect their own terrorists and bandits maiming and killing them in the entire Northern region.
“It is also important to note that contrary to speculations, IPOB has not officially declared 'no election in Anambra State'. Our preoccupation is Biafra restoration. Anybody equating IPOB strategy with Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and Fulani herdsmen is ignorant and mischievous.
“Many acclaimed Northerners don't know what we are doing to restore Biafra.”