UMUAHIA— The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has berated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, for saying that actions by its members were a violation of Nigeria’s constitution.
A statement issued in Umuahia Tuesday and signed by its publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said, the acting president is being deceived by the very cabals who deceived President Muhammadu Buhari to issues threat messages against its members, a situation IPOB said also made Buhari to fail as Nigeria’s president.
The statement also said that Nigeria, having ratified the Africa Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, cannot, therefore, have its constitution overriding or superseding the international charter. Maintaining that all it is asking for is self determination through internationally recognised instrument of referendum or plebiscite, IPOB also advised Prof. Osinbajo and those it called “few rented saboteurs and uneducated public commentators to stop the perverse insinuation” that the Biafra agitation is a demand for war.
The statement read thus: “We the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu condemn unequivocally the distasteful statement credited to the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, to the effect that Biafra agitators who through the instrumentality of IPOB are exercising their God-given and inalienable right to self determination, is in violation of the provisions of the General Abdulsalami Abubakar 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
“For such a statement to escape the lips of a learned fellow like Prof. Osinbajo confirms the widely held view that African leaders lack the mental capacity and discipline to operate a constitutional democracy in a modern world. “If the corrupt ruling class in Nigeria cannot distinguish between those rights that are sacrosanct, such as freedom of association and freedom of expression under which IPOB operates, then the entire political edifice in Nigeria is a monumental mess.
“It is very shameful that a professor of law cannot situate the Nigeria constitution within the context and meaning of the right to self determination as recognized in international law.