socio-cultural group in Akwa Ibom State, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, has
protested against the reported inclusion of the state in an imaginary
group accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement
for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, of including
Akwa Ibom and other states within the south-south region of Nigeria on
the Biafran map without consulting them.
It said it considered the inclusion an act of disrespect and provocation.
wish to remind the concerned Igbos that this senseless arrogance and
callous disrespect for the Ibibio person, an endemic and pathological
trait of their extraction has been at the core of the differences of our
two nationalities,” the group said in a statement signed by its
President, Monday Etokakpan, and Secretary General, James Edet.
so as it was in the first republic, so it is now and so shall it be in
times to come. Ibibio has nothing in common with Igbo. To wit, we differ
in ancestry, culture, beliefs, character traits, language, food, names,
dressing and all.”
group said if Nigeria were to break up today, Akwa Ibom would be “at
home and in league with our kin and kindred in the proposed Atlantic
Republic consisting of present States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross
River, Delta, Edo, and Rivers.
“Our Capital City shall be Port Harcourt, our Currency and Language shall both be Lanti.”
The group said that Akwa Ibom, for now, prefers to stay within the Nigeria federation.
the Igbos will be honestly desirous, sincerely determined and
eventually successful in breaking away from Nigeria, we the Ibibio
people in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States will be totally indifferent
and will only be here to bid them fare-well.
a distinct and independent-minded people of over seven million in
population we will continue to weigh our options in the Nigerian chase
board and make the right moves the way we want it, in the direction we
want, at the time we want and will partner with whomever we want to, if
we must partner with anyone, to serve our best interest,” the group
group said it was “unfortunate though not surprising” for the northern
youth to order the Igbos to leave the north before October 1. It blamed
the situation on the country’s refusal to start a process of
restructuring the federation.”
The call by the northern group has been condemned by state and federal officials.
call on Northern Nigeria opinion leaders, elders, religious and
political leaders and indeed the Federal Government to do the needful in
reining in this mindless radicalism from their youth,” the group said.
Mkparawa Ibibio would like to remind the northern Nigerians that no
one, youth or elders, in the country has the monopoly of violence and
that the lives and legitimately acquired property of the Ibibio person
means the world to us.
no harm must befall them wherever they have chosen to live in Nigeria
and indeed anywhere on the surface of the earth. Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio
believes and will ensure that the Ibibio people exact pound for pound,
flesh for flesh and life for life if necessary,” the group said.