The overall leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday paid a visit to the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA in Enugu.
He was received by top members of the ECA, including Chief Mrs. Maria Okwor, Rev. Fr. John Odey, among others.
Kanu also visited the founder of the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, Evang. Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh.
While expressing his gratitude for support showed to him by the two groups, Kanu said he chose the option of fighting to liberate the people of Biafra and that there was no going back.
“I have chosen the option that we must be free as a people; that we must be liberated as a race and that we must have every freedom, due to us, God-given and I would not want to go to heaven to experience it;I want to experience it here.
“I also want to say that the way our people came out to support this course is something that will guide every step that we will take and on this very difficult task.
“I thank all of you that worked very hard, especially the Igbo Youth Movement; I must be specific, and the Eastern Consultative Assembly and all the market men, market women, those that close their shops to see us and all those who made efforts to ensure that I was not consumed.
“I thank all of you; those who contributed to my being here today, because without your pressure, I don’ think I will be here. However, the work is not done yet, we need to finish it.
“And like my brother Eliot remarked, we have those of us championing Biafra and some others talking about restructuring of Nigeria, I have nothing against that, after all that was all Aburi is all about but I desire Biafra, I want Biafra, I want nothing else other than Biafra, I will not settle for anything else other than Biafra. That was what I was born to do and that is what I will do til the day Biafra will come that we may live as free men on this very earth as the Most High God, Chukwu Okike Abiama ordained it.
While accepting his election as the leader of the ECA, he pledged to uphold the creed and ethos of the organization, stressing “I discharge my duties honourablly; I would not fail you or anybody who has supported me. The task ahead is tough but surmountable.”
On the bail conditions given to him by the court, he described it as obnoxious and unconstitutional, vowing to challenge it in the days ahead.
“On those we left behind, we are making effort to see that they come out because they committed no crime. All we are seeking for is freedom; a return to the values we had before the advent of white men. A situation where people move their cows into our farms and slaughter our people will no longer be acceptable.”
When approached for interview by the media, Kanu declined, citing bail conditions given to him by the court.