The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has refuted claims by Garba Shehu that some secessionists demanded money from the Federal Government in order to put hold their agenda.
IPOB media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful released a statement as he dared the FG to publish the names of groups that requested money from them.
Part of the statement read: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great and indomitable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn over the ranting, derogatory, irresponsible and highly provocative remarks by the Presidency through Garba Shehu that the renewed agitation for self determination in the South East was because the federal government had refused to share money to those behind the agitation.
“Shehu went further in his vituperation and threatened military action to crush those he referred to as ‘the animals disturbing the peace of South East’.
“We therefore, challenge Shehu to mention those the federal government has been paying in the South East to drop the agitation for self determination.
“If he fails to disclose the identifies of the beneficiaries and evidence of such payments, we will take it to be one of the shameless lies which have become the trademark of the Muhamnadu Buhari-led federal government.
“Without speaking for other proponents of self determination, we know that the federal government of Nigeria has been making frantic but fruitless efforts to induce the leadership of IPOB with money to possibly drop the quest for Biafran restoration.
“Federal government has severally but without success, attempted to buy over our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, making him some irresistible offers.
“But if there were any parading self as Igbo leader that acepted their offer, we can assure them that such cannot peneterate IPOB. IPOB is not, has never been, and will never be interested in the crumbs from federal government of Nigeria.
“We also wish to remind the Presidency that only a certified and unconscionable slowpoke will ever equate money to the motive behind the growing agitation for self determination across Nigeria. If money is what we want, we know what to do to get more money.
“How many times in the past did our leader reject your financial inducements? If you know those people that asked Buhari for money, we are begging you to please publish their names.