Hardship in Nigeria: IPOB Sends Strong Message to South-Easterners over Looming Protest, Others

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a stern warning to the residents of Nigeria’s South-East region, particularly urging the Igbo community to refrain from participating in protests against the nation’s escalating economic challenges.

This advisory came through a statement released by Emma Powerful, the spokesperson for IPOB, on Tuesday.

The statement shed light on the perceived roots of the current economic plight, attributing it to longstanding injustices faced by the Igbo people during and after the Biafra war.

It also emphasizes the unique historical and ongoing struggles of the Igbo community, suggesting that the current economic hardships faced by the country are a divine repercussion of the injustices committed against the Igbo people.

Powerful’s message was clear: “The Igbo community should not get involved in any protests related to the economic situation.
He highlighted past grievances, including the mistreatment of the Igbo during elections, the destruction of their properties in other regions of Nigeria, and the overall exclusion and violence they have endured.

According to him, such protests could potentially endanger the Igbo community and detract from focusing on their significant challenges, such as insecurity, kidnappings, and killings within their region.

Moreover, Powerful conveyed a message of resilience and faith, invoking the protection and guidance of God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama. He recalled the Igbo’s survival and eventual triumph over past economic crises, particularly during the war, and expressed confidence in overcoming the current challenges without resorting to protest actions that could further destabilize their region.

The statement also contained a warning against any attempts to organize protests within the South-East, stating that the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and IPOB volunteers would take action against such organizers.

It concluded with a call for the Igbo to remain calm, steadfast, and united, with the assurance that the current difficulties would eventually resolve in their favor, echoing the prophetic words of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.


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