By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied allegations by the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, that the group plans to kidnap him and other Southeast governors.
The group said Umahi wanted to leverage on its name to attract sympathy and also gain relevance before the federal government.
Umahi had in a chat with journalists after the inauguration of the military operation, ''Operation Python Dance 111'', said that his wife received a text message from purported members of IPOB, threatening to kidnap the Southeast governors.
But IPOB in a press release signed by its spokesperson, Mr Emma Powerful, condemned the allegation in its entirety, describing it as frivolous and unsubstantiated, saying it was a perverse statement from David Umahi of Ebonyi State against a movement like IPOB.
'We consider the statement credited to Umahi as symptomatic of the shameful and complicit role these Igbo governors have continued to play in the death of unarmed Biafrans,' he said.
'Their stock in trade is treachery and betrayal but unfortunately for them we, IPOB, will match them every step of the way until their conniving, treacherous scheme is brought to an end,' Powerful vowed.
The group regretted that Umahi and his colleagues never foresaw Fulani herdsmen's invasion of Igbo land but were quick to invite the army to occupy it and kill Biafrans.
It said till date, the governors never called on the army to attack a violent Fulani group attacking every community in Igbo land, but were always quick in wanting the death of IPOB members.
It warned Umahi and ''his cohorts'' to pray that no Biafran life was lost during this the latest phase of ''Operation Python Dance of Shame''.
'People must ask Umahi and co, including Abuja politicians, how many governors and politicians in other regions of Nigeria hosted what it called the invading army with glee the way Dave Umahi and co did a few days ago in Abakaliki? Was it not announced that this latest round of Operation Python Dance was nationwide. How come it's only Igbo governors that are welcoming them with open arms?
'This question must be asked by every intelligent person. If nothing is done to checkmate the rabid treachery of Igbo governors, we shall continue to suffer the consequences for the next 70 years.
Boko Haram is ravaging the north where this same brave army has been humiliated countless times but Igbo governors slavishly invited them into our land to fight IPOB instead. Years of betrayal and the sacrilegious act committed by Igbo governors and Ohaneze against their people through Operation Python Dance is what will kill them not IPOB.