The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has accused former British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, of “trying to instigate another round of ethno-religious violence against Christians and Biafrans in Northern Nigeria”.
IPOB in a statement issued yesterday by Emma Powerful, claimed that the recent visit by Blair to Gov. El- Rufai of Kaduna State was to convey British support for power to remain in the North in the eventuality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s incapacitation.
IPOB wondered why Britain, a Christian nation would continue to take sides with the North against Southern Nigeria which is predominantly Christians.
The statement read in part: “History taught us that Arewa core North enamoured themselves to British rulers by twice rejecting independence from Britain which resulted in two notable massacres of Biafrans and Christians in Northern cities in 1953 and 1957.
“ We also know that Britain have over the years served as godfather to the few feudal lords in the North, which is why Britain supported the rigging of census figures in 1953 that entrenched permanent Hausa Fulani domination of Nigerian politics.
“This same British godfatherism towards the Arewa core North was also responsible for the military and diplomatic support that enabled Nigeria to win the genocidal war against Biafra.
“Britain, supposedly a Christian country, for reasons best known to them, have persistently worked against the interest of Biafra and majority of Christians in Nigeria.
“What Tony Blair is doing today is a well trodden path for the British government. They have come to officially give their blessing to the impeding massacre of Biafrans and other Christian minorities in the North.
“Simply put, Tony Blair has come to instigate another civil war in Nigeria the same way he started the one going on in Iraq today. Arewa Consultative Forum along with Northern Elders Forum must know that 1967 is not 2017 because Britain will not defend them when the chips are down.
“The raw hatred and persecution of Biafrans by the British through Hausa Fulani core North is simply because of our enterprise and strong belief in the Judeo-Christian faith.
“We are happy that in Nigeria today, leaders from Middle Belt especially are beginning to realise the existential threat from Hausa Fulani Islamic fundamentalism to the survival of Christianity and Christians in Nigeria.” It said