The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), undaunted by its purported proscription by the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, has announced Turkish diplomat, Abdulkadir Erkahraman as its official representative on international relations in the Middle East and Asia.
Spokesman of the pro-Biafra group Emma Powerful disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
He described Erkahraman as the current President of International Nations Commercial Association based in Turkey and an adviser to its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Mr. Powerful once again condemned the labeling of his peaceful group, as terrorist organisation.
“It is an act designed to alienate friends of Biafra from publicly associating with the IPOB movement for self-determination, accusing the Nigerian government of working to isolate the movement for Biafra restoration away from international supporters,” he said.
IPOB stated that the scare tactics of the Buhari government will not work because “Erkahraman is a conscientious Muslim who understands what human rights is all about, the need to preserve same and believes that freedom for Biafra supersedes everything else in life, even his own religion.”
He added, “When he visited our leader in his home town Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, their discussions focused exclusively on areas of infrastructural development and how such partnerships can be developed to help alleviate the suffering of the people of Biafra.
“He is not a Turkish diplomat, he has never claimed to be one and our leader did not receive him in such capacity. Those on online news platforms in Nigeria referring to him as a diplomat are deliberately misleading their readers.
“Some of these publishers are nothing more than sponsored agents, in the pay of the Ministry of Information, hoping to tarnish the image of Erkahraman and Biafra”, the group said.
Recall that Erkahraman had in a video that went viral on Social Media, lambasted Mr. Buhari for allegedly sending soldiers in the South East to kill unarmed citizens.