By Cajetan Mmuta, Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has kicked against the naming of the newly commissioned Second Niger Bridge after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group described it as “unacceptable and shameless on the part of politicians from the Southeast geopolitical zone of the country.”
IPOB made its stance known on Thursday in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful.
They noted that Buhari’s government allegedly coordinated the influx of Fulani terrorists masquerading as herdsmen “who have massacred the people and raped the women in the zone.”
IPOB therefore called on the Eastern Governors and politicians to rename the second Niger Bridge, insisting that it should be named after Dr. Alex Ekweueme, Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, Dr. Sam Mbakwe, Prof. Chinua Achebe, Col. Achuzie, or many others that are “well-deserving Igbo indigenes that anyone can suggest.”
The statement read “The attention of the global Family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu has been drawn to the shameful naming of the second Niger Bridge after General Muhammadu Buhari by the shameless Igbo polititcians.
“The man that the second Niger bridge is named after did not even show up for the opening ceremony because he had no respect or regard for Ndigbo and knows that he does not deserve any accolades in Biafra land.
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“The sellout among the South Eastern Governors particularly APC Governors who want a hater of Ndigbo, Muhammadu Buhari to become the face of the Eastern region as they display the face and name at the entry and exit points of South East through the bridge.
“An elder statesman, Late Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, begged him to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as his last wish, yet he denied the honorable statesman’s last wish till he died.
“On what rational was the second Niger bridge named after Muhammadu Buhari? He didn’t initiate nor released any fund for the second Niger bridge project”.
“The Fulani stooges among the Eastern Governors and politicians should stop insulting our collective intelligence. The Eastern Governors and political leaders should know that they are holding their position in trust for the people and shouldn’t see themselves as demi gods.”
“Others were there before them, and one day, they would also vacate the position. Whatever good or bad they do as Governors will await them after office. The current Eastern leaders have a choice to uphold the collective will of our people or please the caliphate at their own political and personal peril.”
“The days of public deceptions are over. IPOB has woken the consciousness of our people. Either the masses hold you accountable or IPOB (as the representative of our people) holds you to account in due time.”
“IPOB doesn’t want any infrastructure anywhere in Biafra land named after Muhammadu Buhari. Those already named after him and other enemies of Biafra must be renamed.”
“We shall mount consistent campaigns against Igbo haters, murderers and terrorists enablers and ensure that “Muhammadu Buhari” and others like him become forbidden names in Biafra land. Any governor or politician who names any infrastructure this forbidden names will become a Biafran enemy.”
“Naming the Second Niger Bridge after Buhari must not be allowed. The bridge must be renamed to a meritorious Igbo name. The Eastern politicians should tell us any project in the North named after an Igbo person. Our leaders should stop being cowards and Fulani Arewa political stooges. They are disgracing the culture of Ndigbo, who never bows down to any man but only worships Chukwu Okike Abiama (God Almighty).”
“IPOB maintains that second Niger Bridge must be renamed. If no Biafran is found worthy by the Eastern politicians, to name the second Niger bridge, the existing name of Onitsha head Bridge should be maintained.*