Following the discovery of crude oil in the North, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) claim that Biafra may now exist as an independent state.
In a statement released on Friday, IPOB asserted this and added that Nnamdi Kanu’s prayers for the Northern area to find petroleum in commercial quantities to allow the Biafra exodus have been answered.
In a statement written by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the self-determination group made this public.
Recall that the commercial production of gas and crude oil from the $3 billion Kolmani Integrated Development Project was successfully unveiled on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Kolmani project is located along the fields of Gombe and Bauchi, with Oil Prospecting Licence 809 and 810, lying in the Gongola Basin of the Upper Benue Trough, joining the two northern states.
In his address to the nation at the occasion, Buhari said that the Kolmani River field had attracted investments totalling $3 billion.
In response, IPOB claimed that despite possessing solid minerals, the Northern region has been unwilling to allow Biafra to emerge because it profits from crude oil sales in the South-East.
The statement partly read, “Northern Nigeria has large deposits of many solid minerals. But because they thirst for oil, they are ready to do unimaginable things because of oil in Biafra land.
“Today, God Almighty has settled the contraption’s age-long problem of unity occasioned by crude oil.
“Crude oil discovery in the North will for sure settle this forced unity if indeed they are truthful in settling Nigeria’s problem. Oil or no oil, Biafrans are not interested. We need a conducive environment to do our business without fear of terrorists at our borders.
“The discovery of over a billion barrels of crude oil in Gongola Basin is another important thing that has happened to the Northerners.”
“The prophecy of Nnamdi Kanu has come true because he prayed in one of his Radio Biafra broadcasts that God should give to the North oil so that Nigeria’s problem will be solved once and for all.
“Now that every part of Nigeria has oil, can we all go our separate ways and mind our own businesses?