The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Monday kicked against repatriation of almajiris to their home states saying it is the easiest way to export Coronavirus from Kano to other parts of the country.
The group, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, alleged of a ploy by some Northern elite to “dispatch alamajiri to our land under the guise of repatriation.”
“We wish to draw the attention of Biafrans and the world at large over the ploy by some Northern elements to export coronavirus from its Kano epicenter to other parts of Nigeria particularly Biafra land. Those behind this evil plot are currently pursuing its actualisation under the guise of repatriation of almajiris to their home states,” he alleged.
He vowed that IPOB would not accept it. “We shall stoutly resist this move.”
The group said the Northern leaders of opening their borders and allowing free movement when governors from other parts of the country were busy checking the infiltration of the disease into their states.
“Instead of locking down to stem the spread as was done by all states in South East and South West, Northern leaders opened their borders and allowed free movement of their people many of who are now infested with the pandemic. Now they intend to infest the rest of us with the virus under the guise of repatriation of almajiris. We won’t allow this evil plot as no almajiri is from Biafra Land.”
He therefore, urged everybody in South East including politicians, businessmen and women as well as students, churches and all the stakeholders to stand up and stop the move. “Our land cannot be a depot for alamajiri. Let them stay in North where they were incubated. Everybody knows that alamajiris are wanderers causing uprising, mayhem and crises in the whole of North. Most of the attacks against Christians and Biafrans living in the North as well as Christian communities in the North were traceable to them”.
The group warned the South East governors, PANDEF, Ohaneze Ndigbo led by John Nnia Nwodo not to allow South East to be used as a dumping ground for coronavirus.
“Arewa political elite and elders created and groomed alamajiri for their selfish gain. Therefore, they must live with their creation because we are going to allow them to infect us.”