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Niger Delta Avengers IPOB elders disown militants, MASSOB

Ikedife also said he witnessed the Biafra war, adding that no-one in his or her right senses will want to go through that kind of harsh experience all over again.

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The Supreme Council of Elders of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have denied claims that it is forming an alliance with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

The IPOB elders also said they have no pact with the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

Punch reports that the spokesman of the elders council, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, said his group will not adopt violent means to achieve their goal.

Ikedife also said he witnessed the Biafra war, adding that no-one in his or her right senses will want to go through that kind of harsh experience all over again.

He added that “The IPOB group I belong to is governed by the Supreme Council of Elders. There is a faction led by Nnamdi Kanu that abuses the elders, preaches violence and ethnic hatred.

“We do not believe in that. The MASSOB led by Ralph Uwazuruike, from inception, preaches non-violence based on the non-violence philosophy of the former Indian Prime Minister, Ghandi.”

Ikedife said  “If the militants have been blowing up pipelines, I don’t see how my group that has been following legal and diplomatic process will align with them. We have quite a different philosophy and modus operandi towards the issue of self-determination.

“The two factions of the Indigenous People of Biafra and two factions of MASSOB are all talking about self-determination of the indigenous people of Biafra. But their approach is not the same.

“The aim may be one but the method differs. We have not and cannot depart from dialogue, legal and diplomatic process and of course you know we are in court with the Federal Government over this issue of self-determination.”

Vanguard, on June 19, 2016, reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) issued a statement praising the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) for its activities in the Niger Delta.

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