The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said it would not accept any peace deal with the Southeast governors or Ohaneze Ndigbo until the brother groups pressure the Federal Government into producing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group made the statement days after its leadership met with foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze and the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo at Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Nwabueze had called both groups to consolidate on an earlier peace deal he brokered between them in Enugu.
The press statement signed by the deputy IPOB leader, Uche Mefor, and IPOB head of directorate of state, Chika Edoziem, gave five conditions for reconciliation, among which was also the lifting of ban on the proscription of IPOB.
The statement read in part, “Ohaneze Ndigbo should lead Igbo governors in the public de-proscription of IPOB in the Southeast. This is because we are mindful of the fact that Ohaneze Ndigbo and lgbo governors were the first to ban IPOB before the Federal Government stepped in to tag all of us terrorists.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo must prevail on the Federal Government to de-proscribe IPOB. This is an absoute prerequisite.
“An unreserved apology must be tendered to IPOB over the complicity of lgbo governors and Ohaneze Ndigbo in instigating Operation Python Dance that resulted in the death of hundreds of IPOB activists.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo should publicly demand for the whereabouts of our leader, Maxi Nnamdi Kanu; his parents, Sir I. O. Kanu and Ugoeze Sally N. Kanu.”
The statement added that the two groups should also apologise to the Afaraukwu Ibeku Community for their complicity in the invasion of the palace of their traditional ruler.
This is just as it called on the Federal Government to set up a high powered delegation to meet with IPOB High Command in Europe to negotiate terms for a final status settlement.
“When these conditions are met, only then will IPOB be in a position to agree modalities on how best to work closely with Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership to achieve the ultimate goal of genuine Igbo/Biafra emancipation,” the statement read.