A self-acclaimed Igbo group, the Igbo Peace Forum (IPF) has stated that the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are giving Igbos a bad name.
The group, while insisting that IPOB activities are endangering Igbo livelihoods in other parts of the country, urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to charge Nnamdi Kanu with mass murder.
Recall that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was reportedly rearrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on the 27th of June, 2021.
He was then arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako who ordered his remand in the custody of the DSS until his next trial date.
Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country, only to re-emerge in Israel and then in the United Kingdom.
Now facing criminal charges following his re-arrest, the federal government accused the pro-Biafra activist of orchestrating the killing of 60 people.
Speaking on Sunday at a solidarity rally to register their support for Buhari’s government, IPF’s national coordinator Emeka Okpara said Igbos were concerned that some people in the South-East took up arms against the government.
“It would be recalled that the leader of the proscribed IPOB, Kanu, who was standing trial on several charges, including treason, jumped bail but was re-arrested recently.
“We all remember how one individual could order from abroad attacks on government formations, killing hundreds of innocent people. IPOB caused the death of hundreds of people in the South-East,” the IPF leader stated.
Speaking further, he said, “The only way the government can console Nigerians is to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Now, with the arrest of Kanu, appropriate charges of mass murder should be pressed immediately. It is the prosecution of these alleged criminals that would give credence to our sovereignty and restore the confidence of the masses.”