New Faction of Pro-Biafra Group ‘IPOB’ Emerges

A faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,
identified as The Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra,
TRIOPOB, has broken out of the main group over alleged
inflexible and defeatist position of IPOB led by Nnamdi
Kanu, currently in detention.
Spokesperson of the splinter group, Chima Phillip Effiong
Osuji, said the decision to break away as taken at an
emergency meeting convened by some disaffected
members of IPOB on Monday, August 22, 2016 in Aba, Abia
“It was resolved that due to the rigid and fatalistic position
of the Nnamdi Kanu- led IPOB, several of us with like minds
shall breakaway and form The Rebranded Indigenous
People of Biafra, TRIPOB,” he stated.
The new group said that Biafra would not be a reality and on
October, 1, 2016, would set ablaze the Biafra flag in Abuja,
recite the national anthem and pledge to Nigeria, while the
spirit and intent of Biafra will be pursued inside the Nigerian
“TRIPOB now sees the Biafra question from a different
perspective. Biafra will now become to us a powerful
metaphor for change, development and greatness of the
Igbos inside a united Nigeria, where the South East axis will
be a utopia from the sheer determination borne out of the
Biafra metaphor.
“We believe in being a part of a united Nigeria, and a new
way of thinking, where the victim mentality will no longer be
acceptable,” it asserted. The group added: “We have
accepted the fact that the Biafra Republic is not a reality but
an anachronism, and doubt that the South -South region will
become a part of a Biafra Republic, except by force; after a
declaration of another civil war.”
“That the lessons and history of the civil war will only
reinforce the belief in ourselves to reach the zenith in this
great country, Nigeria, where opportunities abound for
every one regardless of tribe or religion, and even where
such narrow sentiments exist, we will not see ourselves as
victims, Never,” The group added.
It declared: “In view of this new mind-set, members of the
TRIPOB and any new defectors will on October 1, 2016,
make a public denunciation of a secessionist Biafra
Republic at the Eagle Square, Abuja.”
“The event will also include recitation of the pledge to
Nigeria, our country, singing of the national anthem,
followed by a solemn burning of the Biafra flag and
unveiling a new Biafra flag representing pride, change,
potential and spirit of the Igbo race which can thrive
anywhere in the world.

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