A born Anambrarian, film producer and veteran actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, has urged all Igbo in the north to come back, plan and establish in their homeland.
He said this while making reference to the quit notice threat issued by the Coalition of Northern Youths supported by the Northern Elders Forum.
In his speech, Bob reiterated the fearless, hardworking and economic capabilities of Igbo people and ask them to come back with a little of what they have in the north.
Vanguard gathered that Mr. Bob has trust, belief and confidence in his people perhaps the way he charged them to come back with just a ‘little’.
According to him “Igbo’s take their wealth to other tribes and develop the place. “They are the only people that can go to other tribes, buy lands and transform them into roads and mansions.“Whereas the reverse is the case when the people Igbo’s share this country with come to Igbo land.
“You hardly see them buy a piece of land talk of owing properties in Igbo land. “ We accept them, live in peace with them and love them by giving them our food, water and everything they need to keep life going.
“I am asking my fellow Igbo to come back let’s start doing good things from home, Just come with a little let’s beautify our blessed Igbo land”, he said.
Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday asked Biafrans and Southerners in the north to leave the north and come back home.
This was made known via a statement issued by the IPOB’s director on media and publicity, Comrade Emma Powerful.
The statement reads thus: “We the members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide wish to sincerely thank the Arewa Elders Forum(AEF), Arewa Youths and Arewa Consultative Forum for seeing sense in what IPOB has been saying about the need for a referendum to be conducted in Nigeria to decide the fate of the component ethnic nationalities criminally lumped together by the British in 1914.
“Biafrans in general also wish to thank these vocal Northerners for at least having the courtesy to issue advance warning this time before embarking on their routine massacre of Igbos and other Biafrans living in Northern Nigeria; unlike what their fathers did in 1966 when death, destruction and mayhem were unleashed upon unsuspecting innocent civilian populations from the South comprising of mostly Igbo men, women and children. Igbo massacres in Northern Nigeria has occurred so many times that it has almost become some sort of an annual sporting activity for blood thirsty Northern youths. That is why we are particularly grateful to Arewa Youths and Elders for having the decency to give us prior notice before the slaughter commences.
“We promise to adhere to your warning to leave Northern Nigeria because a word is enough for the wise. Biafrans and other Southerner should start packing their properties to come down to the South. We also advice the Northern youths and their Elders to keep it on because all they have done is exercise their right to free speech which is not a crime under any law known to man. We are therefore against those calling for the arrest of these Arewa Youths and their Elders.
“It is abundantly evident from the genocidal statements coming from certain influential segments of Northern Nigeria that the British socio-political experimentation and economic fraud we know today as Nigeria, should not have been created in the first place. IPOB is very much aware of the covert blackmail and implied threat inherent in the utterances emanating from Islamic Northern Nigeria.
“Furthermore, the assumption that economic investments of Biafrans in the Northern part of the contraption called Nigeria is an impediment to Biafra restoration project is misguided and most definitely misplaced. This is cheap blackmail designed to trigger rancour among Biafra populations because the North have always assumed and wrongly too, that Igbos will place economic well being over and above their life. This assumption is based on a false premise and one we are determined to prove same as events unfold in the coming weeks and months.
“IPOB under the divine leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is the instrument Chukwu Okike Abiama (God Almighty) is using to restore Biafra, therefore we are not afraid of our enemies, neither will any threat or violence from any quarter deter us. We remain peaceful in our noble quest to restore Biafra but we must caution that we always retain the right as a people to defend ourselves should the need arise.
“The civilised world is aware that we IPOB have been adopting peaceful means to restore Biafra since 2014. It is the Arewa Islamic Northern Nigeria dominated Army, Police, Navy and Civil Defence that has brought torture, killings, massacres and mayhem to communities and populations in the South. Till date, nobody has been held to account despite the existence of a comprehensive Amnesty International report to this effect.
“We are aware that these Northern youths and their sponsors, Britain, have perfected plans to begin another round of killing of innocent people as they did in 1966. We advise them not to make this mistake because Britain will no longer protect Islamic Northern Nigeria because in this digital age, the world is watching. Allow Biafrans time to relocate peacefully back to BIAFRALAND, that is all we ask.”