Former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya, has said IPOB had no reason to confront soldiers if it was engaged in peaceful demonstration after the Biafra Day protest.
Eya, who spoke against reports that soldiers opened fire on IPOB members who were celebrating Biafran heroes at Nkpo, near Onitsha, warned those agitating for Biafran to remember that Biafra died in 1970 when the secessionist war ended in the country.
“I had always said that Nigerians must be disciplined and also imbibe the habit of engaging in peaceful demonstration.
“Anybody who wants to embark on peaceful demonstration must obtain police permit. “If you do so, the police will provide security and ensure that hooligans do not hijack it. This is the standard behaviour all over the world.
“If it is true that the IPOB people actually killed a soldier, the natural reaction would be for his colleagues to open fire on the demonstrators.
“Many of us still have Biafra in our hearts but nobody should engage in illegality. They kill you and you are out. As long as we continue to engage in illegality, we will not get our bearing.”