The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has expressed disgust over an article credited to Mr Ruben Abati in which the writer said that an IPOB member was arrested in Imo for drug peddling to raise money for the group.
The IPOB, in a press statement signed by its media and publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful described the write-up as “stupid and fallacious”, adding: “We have tried to ignore pockets of unwarranted attacks by Rubben Abati against IPOB and our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, but we will no longer tolerate these insults”.
The statement explained that IPOB as a global family is not a terror organization that receives illicit funds.
“IPOB is legitimately funded by its teeming members most of who are very enterprising and resourceful sons and daughters of Biafra in the Diaspora.
“IPOB maintains its presence in over 100 countries of the world and gets its funding from the financial contributions and donations by members. It doesn’t need drug money for funding”, the statement read.
It emphasized that “no single individual or drug dealer is sponsoring IPOB or the Biafra project” and that Biafra is a divine mandate which God designed and asked Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members to actualise”.
According to the group, linking IPOB with a drug dealer is a big insult to the the people of Biafra.
It advised those close to Abati to advise him to refrain from his attacks against IPOB as this can no longer be tolerated.
It said that besides, IPOB is not desperate about funding and that funding has never been its challenge.
It warned that Abati is interfering into IPOB matter much and that will bring him down because his hatred against Igbo people cannot change God’s wishes for Igbos.