Spokesperson of the group, Chima Phillip Effiong Osuji, said “Due to the rigid position of the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB, several of us with like minds shall breakaway and form The Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIPOB.”
“TRIPOB now sees the Biafra question from a different perspective. Biafra will now become to us a powerful metaphor for change, development and greatness of the Igbos inside a united Nigeria. In this, the South East axis will be a utopia from the sheer determination borne out of the Biafra metaphor.
“We believe in being a part of a united Nigeria, and a new way of thinking, where the victim mentality will no longer be acceptable. “We have accepted the fact that the Biafra Republic is not a reality but an anachronism.
“We doubt that the South -South region will become a part of a Biafran Republic, except by force. “And that will be after a declaration of another civil war.
“That the lessons and history of the civil war will only reinforce the belief in ourselves to reach the zenith in this great country, Nigeria. “In Nigeria, opportunities abound for every one regardless of tribe or religion.
“Even where such narrow sentiments exist, we will not see ourselves as victims. Never!”
“In view of this new mind-set, members of the TRIPOB and any new defectors will on October 1, 2016, make a public denunciation of a secessionist Biafra Republic at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
“The event will also include recitation of the pledge to Nigeria, our country. “We will sing the national anthem followed by a solemn burning of the Biafra flag.
“We will then unveil a new Biafran flag representing pride, change, potential and spirit of the Igbo race which can thrive anywhere in the world,” the TRIOPB said.