On IPOB’s inclusion of South-South in Biafra, Clark said, “They’re dreaming.”
The inclusion of the South-South region in the Biafra Republic, according to elder statesman Edwin Clark, is a pipe dream for the Indigenous People of Biafra. IPOB, which has been banned by the Nigerian government, is campaigning for the separation of Nigeria’s South-East and South-South areas to form the Biafra Republic.
Both regions were part of the defunct Eastern Region, which fought Nigeria from 1967 to 1970. Clark stated about IPOB in an interview with BBC Pidgin, “They are pretty unrealistic youngsters.” IPOB, in my opinion, is not doing the right thing.” He went on, “I informed him (IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu) that he has a good fight, that the people of the East are being abandoned.” They only have five states, whereas other areas have six. In fact, one has seven. On the basis of what? Nobody knows.
“For every appointment made in this country, the Igbo are shortchanged. If universities are distributed by state, they will have five. Others will have six, while North-West will have seven. This is despite the fact that the Igbo were the third leg when this country was formed. When asked if the South-South states are also part of the Biafra that IPOB is advocating for, Clark responded, “How can Delta be part of Biafra?” In what way? Is Biafra older or larger than Delta? “How can Rivers State or Akwa Ibom become part of Biafra?” They are fantasizing because they are still thinking about the Eastern Region of those days.” Clark commented on Kanu’s re-arrest, saying, “‘I hope the Federal Government will grant him a fair, decent, and open trial.” Because I still don’t understand how the Federal Government brought him back into Nigeria.
“We recall Umaru Dikko, who was placed in a large crate and transported back to Nigeria. I’m not sure how this young man (Kanu) was brought back to Nigeria.” He stated that Kanu’s claims that he was abducted in Kenya must be addressed by the Kenyan authorities.