Head of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday, withdrew from the planned talks between the the group and the South-East Governors Forum.
Kanu had earler met with the governors at the Enugu State Government House on August 30, and an agreement was reached on holding further talks to resolve the issues raised by the pro-Biafran group.
Consequently, another meeting was planned to hold between the IPOB leader and the governors on Friday, September 15.
However, in a statement personally signed by Kanu, made available to newsmen, he disclosed that he has withdrawn plans to continue the talks with the South-East governors.
He attributed his decision to an alleged plot by the military to kill him while on his way to the meeting with the governors.
He also claimed to be currently caring for his injured and bereaved supporters, who had allegedly been affected by the attacks of the soldiers in the course of the ongoing Operation Python Dance 2, commenced by the Nigerian Army in the South-East.
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Kanu also intimated that the leaders of the IPOB planned to holod a meeting to conclude on strategies to use to tackle the Nigerian Army’s confrontation.
The statement reads in part, “In view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to shatter the peace and tranquillity of the South-East and the rest of Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s meeting with the South-East governors as earlier agreed, for three main reasons.
“We are currently busy attending to our dead and injured from this latest round of unprovoked military onslaught against innocent civilians in our own land. All the casualties so far were shot by men of the Nigerian Army deployed in my house and those stationed along motorways leading into Umuahia, my hometown.
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“I have been reliably informed also that a detachment of this same soldiers, responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family members, have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday.
“On that same Friday, the 15th of September, 2017, the leadership of IPOB, through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State, headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner.
“There is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state.”
“Accordingly, we will not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is conducive and peaceful enough to allow for such”.
He also warned anti-Biafra Igbos, whom he termed “collaborators and agents of the oppressor”, to without delay go into self-imposed exile.
Source: Naija News