Count It­sekiris out of Bi­afra Repub­lic - Lead­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ganiyat Lawal

The It­sekiri Lead­ers of Thought have dis­as­so­ci­ated the It­sekiri Eth­nic Na­tion­al­ity of Warri, Delta State from the pro­posed Bi­afran repub­lic be­ing can­vassed by some Igbo youths from the South east.

A state­ment by the chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion J.O.S Ay­omike and the sec­re­tary Ed­ward Ekpoko, said “the It­sekiri Eth­nic Na­tion­al­ity is com­mit­ted to the unity of Nige­ria and will do all it can to pro­mote and pro­tect it as one and in­vis­i­ble coun­try.”

“We re­call with pains the day the de­funct Bi­afra army in­vaded Warri and Benin in the then Mid­west­ern re­gion on the 9th Au­gust, 1967 and say never again will the It­sekiri tol­er­ate such an in­va­sion,” the state­ment said.

“As Ma­jor Gen­eral Philip Ef­fiong said on 14th Jan­uary, 1970 that the repub­lic of Bi­afra ceased to ex­ist so we the It­sekiri wish it to be eter­nally for the peace and de­vel­op­ment of our great na­tion,” the state­ment said.

Adey­eye Eni­tan Ogun­wusi

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