The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has responded to air operations by the Nigerian military in Imo State on camps believed to have been occupied by the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The operations prompted residents of Orlu and Orsu local government areas of Imo State to flee to safety.

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Reacting to the airstrikes, IPOB said in a statement made available to eNewsdesk that the Federal Government of Nigeria has waged war against the people of Biafran.

The statement signed by Mazi Chika Edoziem, Head of the State Directorate of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), said, “The Nigerian government through its military has finally declared open confrontation with the Biafran people to harass, intimidate and force us into submission to cede our ancestral lands to foreign Fulani terrorists.

“IPOB worldwide must gird their l***s and be prepared for the long drawn out battle ahead.

“The leadership of the Indigenous people Of Biafra make bold to state unequivocally that there shall be no inch of Biåfran land (Biåfran territory) to be ceded to the Fulani Marauders from the Sahel.

“The Nigerian army has thrown the gauntlet and we the Indigenous People Of Biafra Shall accept their challenge because there will neither be retreat nor surrender on this our journey to liberty and freedom.

“Now that the Nigerian government has activated its final solution to the Biåfran question with Helicopter gunships in Orlu, they have crossed the line of no return and for us the Indigenous People of Biafra there is only one option that is open for us.

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“We MUST defend every inch of our ancestral land and we MUST defend our inalienable right to live in the land of our ancestors as a free people to develop our CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA given talents for the benefit and elevation of our people just like our ancestors did thousands of years before us.

“Every IPOB family member should be very conscious of the time we have entered and exhibit the highest level of discipline and be ready to follow every directive as will be issued by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”