In a press statement signed by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, titled: “Gowon’s Unpardonable Lies Against Ojukwu”, the group said Gowon’s inaction was informed by his ambition to control the oil in Southern Nigeria.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has faulted the interview granted by Nigeria’s former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon where he claimed he fell sick after attending the Aburi Peace Accord for which he could not tell Nigerians the outcome of the meeting.
According to the group, Gowon had acknowledged in over a dozen published works, long before now, that super permanent secretaries and two foreign powers persuaded him to reject and renege on the Aburi Accord.
“He (Gowon) had previously admitted that implementing the agreed Aburi Accord would whittle down his powers as Head of State, as all the regions will have to agree before any major decision is affected.
“For Gowon to now want to heap lies on Ojukwu, because Ojukwu is no more, is unfortunate.” the statement read in part. The group further added “that Gowon reneged on Aburi Agreements because he has been assured by a certain foreign power and the Labour Party government of Britain that cleverly convinced the Arewa North to put pressure on Gowon to feign illness, thereby making it difficult for him to tell the country what was agreed in Aburi,”
The group wondered if Gowon’s cabinet also collapsed when he fell ill for which reason government could not speak.
“Gowon’s pathetic attempt to rewrite history would have worked had IPOB not been in existence. “This day and age, any attempt to rewrite the history of Biafra-Nigeria war will be intellectually resisted and objectively dismantled.
“We are IPOB, we won’t allow distortion of historical facts; neither will we allow the denigration of the revered memory of our all-time hero Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
“He remains till date, the only man that tried to bring genuine independence, not mere flag independence, to an African nation,” it stated.