The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the Federal Government and Igbo leaders to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, “dead or alive” or they “may get their wish in no distant time.”
The embattled IPOB leader has not been seen in public since troops of the Nigerian army invaded his Abia residence during the Operation Python Dance exercise.
The pro-Biafra group had accused the army of taking Kanu along with his parents during the raid, although the army denied having him in their custody.
However, in a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB maintained that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government knew Kanu’s whereabouts.
The statement read: “We are asking Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.
“It was as a direct result of military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.
“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the South East and South South.
“Should they continue to defy the laws of natural justice and fair play by not releasing our leader, they may get their wish in no distant time.
“As the architects of Python Dance II, Nnia Nwodo and South East governors are under moral obligation to disclose to Igbo people in particular and Biafrans in general the whereabouts of IPOB leader or have themselves to blame.
“We are therefore advising all those culpable in the abduction of our leader, his parents and death of dozens of IPOB family members in Abia and Rivers State to please release our leader to us before things get out of hand.
“The struggle for Biafra independence is a task that must be accomplished whether the collaborators like it or not. No man born of a woman can stop it.”