The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB has faulted the Minister of Education and accused him of triggering ethnic bias against Ndigbo, by approving a text book which presents Ndigbo as invaders and mischief makers.
Akinyemi’s book has generated controversy for noting that Igbo people used to invade Ile-Ife in present-day Osun State, southwest Nigeria. IPOB rejected the book and gave the federal government an ultimatum of 14 days to withdraw the book from Nigeria educational curriculum or they will have no other choice but to enforce its clampdown and withdrawal from every bookshop in the southeast.
The group said that the book which was written by one Sola Akinyemi and approved by the ministry of education for Civic Education curriculum, titled “Fundamentals of Civic Education for Basic 8, JSS 2 was written to present Ndigbo in bad light and pitch Nigerian Children against Ndigbo.
In a statement released by Emma Powerful, who is the publicity secretary of IPOB, said;
“IPoB condemns ethnic biase, hate based textbook in Civic Education we call for its immediate removal from School curriculum or destruction” the book was meant to brain wash Nigeria’s children and pitch them against Ndigbo.
They went further to say “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, ably led by our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, condemn in totality the false history labeling Ndigbo as invaders and trouble makers in a book authored by Sola Akinyemi, titled “Fundamentals of Civic Education for Basic 8 JSS 2, approved by the Ministry of Education for Civic Education curriculum.
“The current Minister of Education and the Yoruba author are masterminding an ethnic hatred against Ndigbo by distorting history in the Civic Education subject. This Yoruba author named Sola Akinyemi deliverately demonized the entire Igbo Nation in his treacherous book as invaders and troublemakers to brainwash Nigerian children against Ndigbo.
“For the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education to approve such ethnic hate-based textbooks that describe “NDI IGBO “as invaders and troublemakers shows how tribalistic some people in the present government of Nigeria can be, it is very disappointing and unfortunate.
“In the history of Nigeria, there is no record that Ndigbo have invaded nor attempted to conquer any other tribe, now or in the past. Ndigbo have never had a history of invading other tribes. But because of hatred and bigotry against the Igbo tribe, the Federal Ministry of Education under government and leadership of Yoruba cabals, have introduced a book in Primary School describing Ndigbo as trouble makers and invaders.
“Again, every IPoB member must help search for this evil and distorted history book and burn every copy found. All Schools in the Alaigbo should reject that book and must not allow it to be sold to school children.
“Igbo parents everywhere in Nigeria must not buy such books that pitch us against other tribes in the Nigeria. In fact, we call on Ndigbo to reject every book that is authored by Sola Akinyemi. All his books should be burned anywhere they are found in the East.
“It is disgusting to discover that a Yoruba man authored such a book against Ndigbo to brainwash non-Igbo pupils and continue their age-long hatred against Ndigbo. That won’t work for him and his sponsors in this day and age.
“The architects of hatred and attack against Ndigbo in the print media, television, social media, and markets now want to nationalize it by including it in the education curriculum.
“We hope that every sensible Igbo person has realized that Chief Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and IPoB have been proved right with the demand for an Independent nation of Biafra outside Nigeria.
“Every Igbo man and woman must rise up now to defend and support the cause for the restoration of Biafra. The hatred against Ndigbo is incurable, and the purveyors of this ethnic hatred have gone beyond political exclusion to distorting history to perpetuate their hatred.
“Biafra independence remains the only hope for Ndigbo. The more we delay the realization, the more we endanger the future generations of Biafrans.”
IMAGE: Eastern Update