The Urhobo Peoples Integrity Group, UPIO, has declared that Urhobo nation is not part of Biafra.
In a statement by its President, Olorogun Ebenezer Okorodudu, the UPIO said though people of the South East extraction have the right to secession, groups calling for Biafra must not drag other ethnic nationalities without due consultation.
The statement reads, “We believe that they (Ibos) have the natural right to self determination, such right does not include compelling other ethnic nationalities to join them without consultation.
“Urhobo Nation deserve some respect. We have an umbrella socio- cultural organisation, the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU that takes decision for our people after exhaustive consultion with our Traditional Rulers and people.
“To conscript us into their agenda without our consent is the highest form of insult for our revered institution and people. We condemn and reject such insult. We pray for good health for President Buhari, peace, unity and prosperity for Nigeria.”