Anyone from the southeastern part of Nigeria can run for president in 2023 but the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) will have no part in that “useless” endeavour, the group has said.
There have been calls for Nigeria’s main political parties to field Igbo candidates during the next presidential election cycle.
But IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who wants the Igbos to break away from Nigeria and form Biafra, say such eventuality would not be enough.
Kanu spoke through IPOB’s spokesperson Emma Powerful.
“Those who think we can drop our agitation for Biafra because of their useless promise of Nigeria President of Igbo extraction in 2023 must be smoking mind-bending drugs because their hallucinations will not get them anywhere,” IPOB said.
“Take your ‘Igbo Presidency’ and give us Biafra. Biafra is non-negotiable and very soon we shall restore our dream republic”.
The group, which the Nigerian government regards as a terrorist organisation, also issued a sit-at-home order for October 1, the day Nigeria marks its 60th Independence Anniversary.