We’re not part of Ndigbo, Niger Delta group tells IPOB

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

A coalition of Niger Delta groups under the umbrella of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states Coastal Aborigines (BRAC) on Wednesday warned the Indigenous People of Biafra to stop lumping the region with their secessionist agitation.

According to the group, the Niger Delta region had in the past chosen not to identify with the Igbo people, as they were a “completely distinct set of people in character and culture from the Igbo”.

The group in a statement by its General Coordinator, Doris Mcdaniels, said that IPOB’s attacks on the region are “unprovoked” and “not necessary”.

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BRAC said in the statement that a continuance of such attacks would only stand to destroy the relationship and peaceful coexistence of the Niger Delta peoples with the Igbo.

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“In the last few days, Omuma, Elele, Omagwa and Abua Odual areas of Rivers State were visited, leaving a trail of tears, blood and horrific killings. All the unprovoked violence was not necessary.

“These attacks on BRAC territories are provocative, totally unacceptable and highly condemnable. These are likely acts to lead to another angle that will affect the cordial relationship and peaceful cohabitation between the coastal minorities and the Igbo.

“It should be noted that our traditional fathers, leaders and the generality of our people have severally and at one time, or the other distanced our people and territory from IPOB and their Biafra dream state,” the statement read.