Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to the incident that happened near his residence on Sunday, saying the Nigerian Army is provoking Biafrans to war.
Narrating his own side of the story, he asserted that the Nigerian Army had attacked his home in Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, with the intention of ransacking it.
He said: “I inquired to know what is happening after the siren of the military van woke me from my sleep. I was told that the army was coming to my house. I looked through the window of my bedroom towards the junction which is less than a 100km from here (his home). I saw their armored personnel carrier which drove past my house, turned around and came back. The Nigerian military came to my village to intimidate and harass innocent civilians who were unarmed. Their intention was to come and ransack my family home.”
“They started firing at people who were asking why they came to harass people who have done nothing to warrant such humiliation. They started firing indiscriminately. I was told there were casualties, I saw two people who were bleeding profusely. As it is the tradition of the Nigerian army, to carry the bodies of victims away, we prevented them from coming here to take the injured people.”
Kanu debunked the claim by the Police that those injured in the clash are being treated by the Police and further alleged that the military visited Federal Media Centre (FMC) where the three persons injured were receiving treatment to whisk them away.
“The injured persons were taken by Biafrans to the FMC, near his residence. The Nigerian army and Police have perfected the art of lying. Unfortunately, the Nigerian media has allowed them to get away with murder due to the complacency of the media. Nigeria is a dictatorship state where people are been pursued into their bedrooms and attacked.”
The Biafran leader insisted that Biafrans are peaceful but the military is bringing war to them.
“Nigeria is bringing war to us. We are not fighting anybody and will remain peaceful people. Buratai and the Nigerian army are bringing war to us. They want us to become armed so that the world can say Nnamdi Kanu is leading a violent armed group, which is not the case. They are provoking us to war and it is your duty as journalists to make sure that the world understands this,” Kanu said.