In a statement issued by its spokespersons, Barrister Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, IPOB said Ndigbo would troop out in their numbers to protest against the visit.
They hinged their reason on the alleged murder of several innocent Igbos under the watch of the Buhari led-government
The statement reads in part: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has unanimously agreed that Buhari is not welcomed in any part of Biafraland and reasons abound for this decision.
“We recall that on the 2nd of June, 2016, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, a 74-year old Biafran trader was beheaded at Kofar Wambai Market in Kano by five Islamic fundamentalists.
“There was no condemnation from Buhari or from any of his acolytes. To make matters worse, the killers were freed unconditionally from detention on November 3, 2016 by a Magistrate court in Kano presided over by Jibrin Muhammed.
“Under the watch of Buhari, the case has been closed and the killers are free to go ahead and carry out more killings.
“On the 25th of April, 2016, five hundred Hausa-Fulani terrorists who go by the name ‘Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association Of Nigeria (Macban)’ invaded Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu state and slaughtered Biafrans and burnt 11 residential houses and some churches.
“The media gave a conservative figure of 40 Biafrans that were slaughtered and thousands of others with severe matchet cuts all over their bodies and some with their vital organs severed off their bodies.
“Buhari even refused to take a distress call from the Governor of Enugu state. Till date, Buhari and his acolytes have not condemned the killings. We have to remind the public that President. Muhammadu Buhari is the official Grand Patron of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association Of Nigeria (Macban).
“According to media report, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad confirmed that Hausa-Fulani terrorists invaded the community of Ohali-Elu town in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA of Rivers state, Biafraland and killed 12 people including a priest.
“Prior to that incident, on the 5th of January, 2016, the Buhari-supported Hausa-Fulani terrorists abducted the King of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Akaeze Edward Ofulue III and killed him in the forest. Typically, no words of condemnation from Buhari and his acolytes and nobody was arrested and prosecuted"
It further stated that “the reasons why we must march tomorrow in Enugu against Buhari’s coming are for the sake of our forefathers who were killed, for the sake of our mothers, for the sake of born and unborn children reaped out prematurely from their mother’s womb, for the sake of Nimbo victims, for the sake of those killed in Aba and Onitsha, among others.”
“Muhammadu Buhari has continued to militarize the entire Biafraland under the guise of ‘Operation this and Operation that.’
“Biafraland is not a war zone, yet it has the highest number of military personnel and the greatest solder-to-civilian ratio in the entire African continent. These military personnel in Biafraland have continually carried out enforced disappearances, rape, extortions, and arson on the lives and properties of innocent and unarmed Biafran people.
“Meanhwile Section-217(2) of Nigerian Constitution was explicit on the functions, duties, and responsibilities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The world is already awash with the report from Amnesty International on the killings in Biafrland, which is a microcosm of the actual extent of extra-judicial killings and massacre of defenceless and peaceful Biafrans ordered by President Buhari and excuted by Col. Issah Abdullahi and Co.
“Although the report from Amnesty International is commendable, we assert that over one thousand Biafrans were killed on the 30th of May 2016 alone. Many of the killings were killed while inside the Church either praying or resting.
“The case of Biafrans who are being kidnapped by security agents, tortured, and kept in perpetual detention under inhuman and degrading conditions is public knowledge.
“Among the illegally detained Biafrans is the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been held since the 14th of October, 2015.
“Even after several court orders on the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, Buhari has refused to obey the court orders but rather went further to hire the services of Justice Binta Nyako to adjudicate on the phantom court case against Nnamdi Kanu.
“From the foregoings, it is crystal clear that Buhari is not welcomed in Biafraland because his coming is tantamount to biting off our nose to spite our face.
“Therefore, we warn Muhammadu Buhari to stay away from Biafraland to avoid unpleasant consequences on him and those inviting him.”