The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, says its aversion to the policies of the late pioneer president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and the attempt to honour him at a function by Igbo leaders in Enugu was why its members attacked the Igbo elders.
IPOB which rendered apologies over the incident, had 20 of its members arrested by the police in the aftermath of the attack.
In a statement made available to Fides, by IPOB's media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, the group accused the late Azikiwe of causing the problems of the Igbo in Nigeria, blaming him for 'being patriotic to a fault.'
It said that attitude worked against the Igbo Nation then and still did so now, noting that if the late Azikiwe had behaved like some of his contemporaries, Biafra would have been an independent country by now.
But the group went on to apologise to Igbo leaders who were molested by some Biafra agitators in Enugu
'The statement partly read, 'The leadership and family members of the Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide wish to clarify the events that took place at Eastern Consultative Assembly gathering in Enugu on Tuesday.
'It is regrettable and unfortunate under the circumstance because it happened in the presence of the two most distinguished and respected elder statesmen we have in Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Chief Mbazuluike Amechi.
'For this, we respectfully and unreservedly apologise to both elders and the leadership of ECA for how the ceremony came to an end.
'Regardless of who was involved, we are all indigenous persons from Biafra. So we view and have always viewed our highly regarded elders like Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Chief Mbazuluike Amechi, as our own.
'What transpired at the said gathering was not a protest against them or ECA, but an indication of the level of loathing, anger and resentment against everything Nigeria among right thinking indigenous persons from the East.'