The lawyer also claimed that the selfish interest of the leaders stopped them from supporting the demands by IPOB
– Ejiofor insisted that governors in the region have no power to proscribe IPOB
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, says southeast politicians failed to support the demands of IPOB because of their selfish interests.
He also claimed that politicians from the region, especially the state governors, sided with the Nigerian government on the proscription of IPOB because of their cowardice.
The lawyer said this during an interview with Sahara Reporters on Wednesday, October 4.
He insisted that governors in the region have no power to proscribe IPOB.
“Southeast governors have no power to say IPOB is a terrorist and that is very certain. I condemned it, and they’ve withdrawn it saying they never at any point say that. What they said is a political statement to obtain favor from the federal government.”
“Some of them are cowards and are saying that because they want to secure their political offices. We will mobilise youths who will come out in 2019 to sweep out all of the politicians.”
Going further, Ejiofor lambasted former governor Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu over his claim that a relative of Nnamdi Kanu disclosed to him that the IPOB leader had fled from Nigeria.
Ejiofor said Kalu is concerned about causing harm and unrest in the country.
The Barrister said: “Orji Uzor Kalu is a politician who I believe is looking for an avenue to get favour from the government and that is why he is saying what he is not sure of.”
“I asked if he was there with the rampaging soldiers when the premises was invaded? He was not there. Also, he said my client went to London through Malaysia. Travelers will tell you it is not possible for somebody to travel to Malaysia and from there to the United Kingdom, it is not possible. Kalu’s statement is false and targeted at causing mischief because the military knows they have my client.”
I can authoritatively confirm that no member of my client’s family spoke to him and that is certain. He does not have access to any of his relatives whether brother or sister.”
Ejiofor also accused the federal government of attacking the residence of Kanu in other to silence the demand for Biafra.
He said: “This is a Northern agenda to cleanse the entire Igbos. Those who are demanding for Biafra do not wield weapons nor carry arms. The army is following the ploy to forcefully capture Nnamdi Kanu and silence his supporters.
There are other people like the herdsmen who walk about with AK-47s, but the government has not deployed the military against them.”
“The attack was properly mapped because they came to inspect the house two days before they struck. They shot at everyone and everything in the premises including dogs and cars. They entered the bedroom, and bullet holes can be seen all over the walls. I’m very sure they are with him, and I have petitioned the military to ensure they produce him dead or alive. He is a prince, and if he is dead, they should release his body for a befitting burial. I have said and still insisting that the military must produce him on the next adjourned court date,” he said.