The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has refuted claims by former presidential media aide, Reuben Abati that a drug dealer is financing the group’s operations and activities.
IPOB on Thursday said Abati has insulted members of the group by suggesting a drug dealer is bankrolling their activities.
Earlier, Abati had reportedly said the group’s finances are linked to a drug dealer who was recently arrested by security operatives in Imo State.
In response, IPOB publicity secretary, Emma Powerful in a statement said the group’s activities are not funded by a drug dealer or any single individual but with voluntary contributions from members of the group.
Powerful said in the statement: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been drawn to the stupid and fallacious assertion credited to Reuben Abati, that a certain drug peddler who was caught by security agents in Imo State was IPOB fund raiser.
“We have tried to ignore pockets of unwarranted attacks by Reuben Abati against IPOB and our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, but we will no longer tolerate these insults.”
“In case Abati and his likes do not know, IPOB is a global family and not a terror organization that receives illicit funds. IPOB is legitimately funded by its teeming members most of whom are very enterprising and resourceful sons and daughters of Biafra in the Diaspora.
“IPOB maintains its presence in over 100 countries of the world and gets its funding from the financial contributions and donations by members. It doesn’t need drug money for funding.
“No single individual or drug dealer is sponsoring IPOB or the Biafra project. Biafra is a divine mandate which Chukwu Okike Abiama designed and asked Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members to actualise.
“Ruben Abati linking IPOB with a drug dealer is a big insult to the great people of Biafra,” the statement noted.
Meanwhile, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against pushing agitators and their supporters to the wall.
Akinterinwa noted that self-determination agitators such as Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu are pushing for a break away from Nigeria because of issues about dissatisfaction, perceived injustice, and insecurity in the country.
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