IPOB Press Statement

We have taken ample time to dwell on the interview
granted by Alhaji Tanko Yakassai and we have most
sufficiently subjected the said interview to the
forensic analysis of sapient extrapolation. Our aim
is not to ridicule but rather to illuminate the darkest
recesses of the unattainable ambitions of the core
North in relation to Biafra. Let it be said
unequivocally that Yakassai’s statements are
inordinately over-ambitious. The points he raised
cancelled out each other, so we see it as being ill-
thought out, divergent, and outrightly riotous.


We members of IPOB Worldwide under the
leadership and supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi
Kanu shall in this rebuttal, endeavour to subject
Yakassai’s submissions to the utmost intellectual
scrutiny, with a view to systematically dismantling
his misguided utterances he visited upon
unfortunate Nigerians not knowledgeable enough to
appreciate the contradictions inherent in his

We find it a convenient starting point to note that in
Biafraland people of Yakassai’s age, in times gone
by, are accorded great respect for their
characteristic wisdom which comes with age. This
elevates such elderly individuals to the rare altitude
of ‘sages’. The sapient judgment and effulgent
wisdom usually radiated by people of Yakassai’s
age command immeasurable respect from all and
sundry in the by-gone era of truth and wisdom.
Unfortunately this is no longer the case these days
as our elders no longer speak the truth or are too
terrified to do so for fear of upsetting their
paymasters. What we have now are old men without
honour nor conscience. Elderly men who shouldn’t
be afraid to speak the truth are now afraid to stand
up to speak the truth and damn the consequences.

Most unfortunately, the deeply regrettable poverty of
thought encapsulated in Yakassai’s Saturday
interview in the Sun newspaper confirmed our long
held suspicion that, even in the evening of his life,
that rare class of ‘sages’ to which he ought to
belong, has eluded him. Such a life-time misfortune
is his own cross to bear, it cannot detain us here.

Sufficient to note that we shall not allow ourselves
to be drawn into the fray of rants with which
Yakassai corrupted the interview he granted. Such
use of avoidable gutter language like his reference
to ‘irritants’, have most shamefully grounded and
graded him among the street urchins, scallywags
and rapscallions of the North, despite his age.
We earlier observed that the entire landscape of his
interview was riddled with self-contradictions. We
now shall proceed to deploy our fine tooth comb in
sifting out the chaff from the grain.
In one breath, the ‘Elder Statesman’ as they love to
be called, made so many affirmations about the
undeniable spirit of excellence resident in this Biafra
nation and spoke glowingly of the Igbo tribe. Hear
him; “The Igbo are the most hardworking people,
not only in Nigeria, but in Africa. It is that hard work
that made the Igbo, for example, when it comes to
commuter transportation in Nigeria, everybody has
surrendered to the Igbo, so also in the areas of
building materials, electrical and electronics, vehicle
spare parts, pharmaceuticals, stationery, etc… In the
next 100 years, the Igbo through their hard work
would be a dominating force not only in the West
Africa but in Africa.”

Yakassai bemoaned the absence of good leadership
as being responsible for the terrible state of the
Nigerian economy, the general disgraceful and
retrogressive state of affairs prevalent in Nigeria
today. In these self-indicting words; “….with good
leadership – leadership with vision and plan, and
one day God will give us such leadership. It is
leadership that makes India what it is today,
likewise China. It was leadership that made Nigeria
what it was before.”

Having first laudably admitted that the economy of
the Biafran nation is undeniably resilient and one
that has the plenitude and latitude of capacity to
determine the future of the entire Africa in the next
100 years, this Northern “Elder Statesman” even
took the notch higher by admitting massive and
corrosive failure of leadership by the Northern
dominated apparatus of governance in Nigerian. He
finally iced the cake for the Biafran Nation with his
loud affirmation of the existence of the right to self-
determination by retorting that “nobody is saying
that the right is not enshrined”. Having come this
far, the only inescapable inference is the
concurrence of the “Elder Statesman” with the
inexorable factual situation that referendum is the
last lap for the completion of the Biafran Project.

However, instead of channeling his energy towards
advising the Government of the day, led and
peopled by his Hausa-Fulani kinsmen, to lend its
institutional weight as required of it under extant
International Laws, in completing the cycle of
Biafran Restoration, he rather somersaulted and
started entertaining fears that it might not be well
for IPOB in our promised land of Biafra. This is
clearly taking a position parallel to the one he took
earlier. Hear him now: “Kanu and his friends are just
irritants. They are saying what they are saying just
to make some people annoyed; they just want to
annoy people in power. They are not serious. What
homework did they do to convince people that they
would be better off in Biafra? How do you think that
Governor Wike will agree to be with Biafra; how do
you think that Governor Okowa will surrender Delta
to Biafra?”

The question might then be asked, what is Kanu
and his followers saying? Our answer is very
simple. In view of the decadent values, collapsed
infrastructure, visionless, massively corrosive,
endemically corrupt, retrogressive and directionless
leadership prevalent in Nigeria today; where
destructive tribalism, ethnic jingoism, religious
extremism, uncaged state sponsored marauding
terrorists in Fulani herdsmen prowling the land
freely, unending terror campaign by Nigerian Army,
Police against innocent law abiding citizens, weak
compromised judiciary, ever depreciating and
sinking currency, overwhelming and galloping
inflation, poverty and frustration induced suicides of
citizens, we are poised to restore our nation Biafra,
which Yakassai correctly identified as holding the
economic salvation of the entire Africa in the next
fifty to a hundred years. That is what “Kanu and his
friends” are saying. What problem does Elder
Yakassai have with this noble ambition, the right of
which he affirmed exists in us.

At this juncture, we are compelled to ask the ‘Elder
Statesman’ why Nigeria’s problem is lack of
leadership? It is of great interest to note that this
leadership problem correctly identified by the ‘Elder
Statesman’ has perennially remained the bane of
good governance in Nigeria since the British left in
1960, so much so that nobody needs to be lectured
by ‘Elder’ Yakassai as if it was a new truth recently
discovered by the APC Government. After all, many
decades ago, our own departed sage and literary
legend Prof. Chinua Achebe arrived at this same
diagnosis in his essay, ‘The Problem with Nigeria.’
The truth of the matter is that Biafra, when fully
restored, would not be scourged with the yoke of
visionless leadership we see today plaguing this
British created contraption Nigeria.

This same
Nigeria even till today, has continued to sprinkle its
bewildered despondent citizens with the callous
ashes of untold misery, disillusionment, class
frustration, economic wretchedness, biting poverty,
and most recently suicides. This is the only gift
Nigeria has to offer to millions of its citizens,
painfully miserable life and premature death. To add
insult to injury, the government of Nigeria
responsible for this level of untold misery and
shame are run by Yakassai’s kinsmen Hausa-Fulani.
We have it on record that ‘Elder’ Tanko Yakassai,
has served as Liaison Officer to President Shehu
Shagari. This is a man who informed us in this
same interview that “I was never sent to school. I
was taken to school, after one week they removed
me till today; all I got was through my personal
efforts. You can imagine if I were privileged to
acquire formal education, you know where I was
going to stop?” Good Lord! Why would Nigeria not
continue to grapple with leadership failure when
men of limited education as ‘Elder’ Yakassai, who
by his own admission never acquired any formal
education, could suddenly rise to the position of a
Liaison Officer to the President. How damning! The
world can now see the quality of people advising
Buhari and why the economy is in such an awful

Instead of naively waiting in vain, with the likes of
‘Elder’ Yakassai in power, for God to come down
from heaven and do for us that which he has given
us the ability to do for ourselves, we IPOB have
determined to restore the nation of Biafra by the
grace of God. A nation where all these ills
bedevilling Nigeria today can no longer haunt us.

We are irrevocably committed to correcting all
these ills with a steely resolve, grit and
determination unmatched in the history of black
civilisation. Those Hausa Fulani children and youths
begging on the streets of Kano, Sokoto and Zaria
today will be provided meaningful jobs and
education in Biafraland should they choose to
migrate southwards upon the emergence of Biafra
as an independent nation. In Biafra there will be no
discrimination of any sort, regardless of status or
place of origin. Once you make it to Biafraland from
anywhere in the world, you are a free person, valued
and respected because you are a human being not
an animal. In Biafra, all will be free from
persecution and molestation.
In this Biafra of our dreams, round pegs will be put
in round holes. The best shall lead the rest. It is
abecedarian that one cannot walk both sides of the
street. ‘Elder’ Tanko Yakassai cannot have it both
ways. It is too late to save Nigeria as presently
constituted by the British.

Dr. Ikenna Chinaka
Mrs Grace Ukpai
IPOB Spokespersons