A Chieftain of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Chilota Dunu has said that the group is suffering from a political and elite conspiracy.
Dunu who was speaking in Enugu on Thursday said that the objectives for which the group was formed was being misconstrued.
He stressed that the group was created as a result of the desire to address marginalization of the people of the Southeast region in the scheme of things in the country.
He regretting ,however, that its infiltration by politicians had not only whittled down its objectives but has also sent wrong signals about its intentions.
"IPOB is not a terrorist organization and has no business bearing dangerous weapons to achieve its objectives.
"All it wanted was to bring to fore the deprivation, injustices, imbalance and unfairness in the way our leaders have administered the country against the Igbo which is an important segment of the country.
“Instead of finding a way to address the issues of our struggle, the members of the group are being branded as terrorists and posing danger to the survival of the country.
"All I can tell you is that there is nothing wrong with people making agitations over one form of injustice and another.
"Our demand has always been that we should be treated fairly; that we should be allowed to co-exist equally with others; that it is unfair that we are the least in terms of states in Nigeria.
"That succeeding administrations have continued to make appointments without regard to federal character; that allocation of projects are not even and that we also have right to aspire to the highest office in the land among others.
“Now, it is over fifty years since the war ended and the no victor no vanquished mantra has not been kept.
"We decided to say no and that is since you don’t want to address these imbalances, allow us to be on our own.
"But they said it is not desirable. They will not allow us to go and they will not address the ill treatments. That is the bone of contention”, he said
Dunu, alleged that some armed criminals are parading the Southeast region, creating mayhem and killing innocent people at will in the guise to create an impression that the IPOB is a violent group.
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