Barely two days after a splinter group; The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra, (TRIPOB) broke away from the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), another faction, Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra (RE-IPOB) has emerged and claimed that it is ready to dialogue with the Nigerian government to end the agitations for an independent state of Biafra.
The third faction which claims to be the authentic group representing the organization, said it has sacked the IPOB led by the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and the second faction (TRIPOB), insisting that both groups have lost the right to speak for the people of Biafra. It claimed that Kanu has lost touch with realities of Biafra while TRIPOB has ‘nothing to offer’ as splinter group of IPOB.
In a press release signed by its spokesman, Ikemba Biafra, RE-IPOB disclosed its readiness for dialogue if the Nigerian government is sincere in ending the age long agitations for an independent state of Biafra, and warned that the group will not tolerate any insincerity from the Nigerian government.
“If the federal government is sincere in its dialogue with RE-IPOB, then the Biafran flag can be exchanged with the Nigerian flag in the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Director of State Security and the Elders of Biafra. If the dialogue is fruitful; then a peace treaty and a ‘no victor no vanquished tree’ will be planted at Gakem where the first shot of the Biafran war started and at Amichi Nnewi where the formal cessation of hostilities of the war began”
The group promised to disclose the identity of their leaders on Monday 29th August, 2016, but advised all Biafrans to remain law abiding and warned security agents to stop molesting Biafran activists.
While emphasizing that both IPOB and TRIPOB have been sacked and can no longer speak for the Biafran people, RE-IPOB threatened to expose the sponsors of Nnamdi Kanu , IPOB and TRIPOB if they continue with their antics of deceiving the people of Biafra.
RE-IPOB further condemned the plan by the TRIPOB to burn the Biafran flag, describing it as sacred to the Biafran people.