IPOB refused to relent, insist that the protest must go on until it is firmly confirmed on Saturday that Hope Uzodimma will not attend the event as the organisers said. #FreeBiafra #FreeNnamdiKanu
We are getting report that Oxford University has cancelled the invitation of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma to an event organised by Oxford University, Uzodimma is expected to speak at the event.
IPOB UK coordinator this afternoon stated that the organisers has informed them that the invitation has been withdrawn, although showing displeasure with the information, the UK coordinator said they will return to the invent on Saturday to confirm if what the organiser told them. Another comrade also confirmed from the list of the invitees that the Governor’s name has been deleted.
The festival, organised by the Oxford-based James Currey Society, honours contributions to the development of African literature made by Currey. Currey co-founded the African Writers Series with the late Chinua Achebe, under whose auspices an Imo State indigene, Flora Nwapa’s ‘Efuru’ was published, in 1966, making her the first African female novelist to be published in English globally.
IPOB accused the governor and the Nigerian government of conspiring to kill Biafrans, insisting that the governor is not worthy to attend the event scheduled for September .
IPOB in the statement said the invitation to the Uzodinma “is not only shameful but a spite on the grave of the foremost Biafra heroic writer Professor Chinua Achebe who was an associate of Professor James Currey in whose honor the event is being held”.
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