From PAT NNADI, Nsukka
The Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has called out Chief Edwin Clark, leader of the Pan-Delta Forum (PANDEF) over his recent comment on Biafra, saying the elder statesman no longer has the mandate to speak for the people of Niger Delta.
In a release today by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB lamented that “the likes of Edwin Clark are the reason Biafra is still being held as slaves in Nigeria.”
“The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has come across a statement credited to Edwin Clerk during his BBC Pidgin English interview, where he said that Niger Delta is not part of Biafra. We are disappointed by such statement coming from a supposed elder statesman like Edwin Clark,” IPOB said in the statement by Powerful.
“The likes of Edwin Clark are the reason Biafra is being treated as slaves in their own domain today. A man at the age of Edwin Clark is supposed not to be economical with the truth or deceive the young generation because of parochial interest.
“It’s appalling that Edwin Clerk doesn’t know that those who own Biafra are those he referred to as South South or Niger Delta as the case may be. How suddenly Edwin Clark has forgotten that it was an Izon man who brought the name ‘Biafra’ to the table for approval which Ojukwu and his Eastern Consultative Assembly approved without hesitation or debate!
“Edwin Clark should know that IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not force any clan to join Biafra but if his community, clan or tribe refuses to join Biafra through referendum at the right time, they should not blame anybody for their fate in Nigeria. By the time Biafra will exit Nigeria through referendum, any clan in the so-called Niger Delta that refuses to be liberated from the Nigerian bondage should get ready to serve the Fulani as slaves for ever.”
“We, however, know that Edwin Clerk is not speaking for millions of Niger Delta youths, men and women earnestly yearning for their liberation from the Nigerian bondage. He is only speaking for his Fulani slave-masters but very soon he will discover that he is a general without foot-soldiers,” Powerful stressed.
“Biafra will come during the lifetime of Edwin Clark, and he will spend the balance of his life in regrets. His family will disappoint him during referendum for Biafra freedom.”