The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been thrown into leadership crisis following the revelation by the former president-general of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is neither the founder nor leader of IPOB as he claimed.
Ikedife, in an interview stated that Kanu is only the director of Radio Biafra and adopted the acronym IPOB to operate, saying that they were the people that founded IPOB as the Supreme Council of the Indigenous People of Biafra and has been used as the Bilie Human Rights Initiative.
But, while reacting to the claims of Ikedife, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful said IPOB, under Kanu who is currently undergoing treasonable charges in the Federal High Court, Abuja condemned Bilie Human Rights Initiative and Dr. Ikedife over the statement on the pages of newspapers that Kanu is not the leader of IPOB, ‘it is not true.’
According to Powerful, “Bilie, meaning Biafra Liberation in Exile, now claiming to be a human rights organisation was formed abroad as freedom fighters in exile until IPOB leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu appointed Dr. Dozie Ikedife and other members of the elders forum of IPOB on advisory ground.
“When the elders forum and Ikedife started campaigning for APC in 2014, Kanu dissolved the forum and told them to stop using Biafra’s name to campaign for any political party. Ikedife is talking from both sides of his mouth.”
The group also disassociated itself from one Stephen Onwu, who had been parading himself as a member of IPOB.
“We don’t know such name before but he wants to use IPOB to become relevant in the face of APC and Buhari’s government.”