IPOB explains suspension of Monday indefinite sit-at-home order, says Kanu ordered it

*Says sit-at-home now to be observed on Kanu's court appearance days


The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has explained that its decision to review the Monday sit-at-home order, which came off to a largely successful but problematic start last Monday, came in obedience to the order given by its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu, who was carrying a British passport at the time, was ‘intercepted’ in Kenya by suspected agents of Kenyan State security in collaboration with their Nigerian counterparts, reportedly tortured for eight days before being ‘extra-ordinarily renditioned’ to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27 and arraigned on Tuesday, June 29 at the Federal High court, Abuja, where he was standing trial for treason before he jumped bail in September 2017 to escape  death by troops who had inexplicably attacked his father’s compound in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia Abia State.

Kanu’s ‘illegal’ arrest has since sparked global protests by his supporters and international legal battles by his lawyers, as part of campaigns for his freedom.

The every-Monday-sit-at-home order in ‘Biafraland’ declared by IPOB was calculated as part of the global protest against his “illegal” detention and for the Nigerian government to free him.

Although it was largely successful in most parts, the indefinite sit-at-home protest, which commenced last Monday, however, came off to a problematic start with hoodlums, purportedly acting in behalf of IPOB, attacking people in some communities in Igboland who apparently refused to obey the sit-at-home order.

In Imo State, a passenger bus with passengers in it was reportedly set ablaze while two persons, believed to be IPOB members, were killed by soldiers in Nnewi, Anambra State.

In a release by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the IPOB explained that while it appreciated “the concern being expressed by the global IPOB family on the suspension of the weekly Sit-At-Home earlier announced by the IPOB Head of Directorate of State of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB”; while “we know that our people embraced this civil action wholeheartedly and without any compulsion” and while “the leadership sincerely appreciates the innate desire of Biafrans to sacrifice their time, resources and energy in ensuring that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally from the illegal custody of the Nigerian State which criminally renditioned him from Kenya to Nigeria…the suspension of the sit-at-home (order) by the IPOB Head of Directorate of State was as a result of a direct order from the leader of this great movement Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through his lawyers.”

“There is no gain saying the fact that one of the major fundamental guiding principles of IPOB is Command and Control. This simply means that all command from the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) will be obeyed and implemented to the letter by the Directorate of State of the Indigenous people of Biafra,” Powerful stated.

“Bearing in mind, therefore, that this principle has enabled this movement to surpass even the expectations of both Biafrans and non-Biafrans alike, the leadership wishes to encourage Biafran to focus on the most pressing issue confronting this great family presently, which is ensuring the safety of our leader while still in the illegal custody of the DSS and to secure his unconditional release from detention.

“In accordance with the directive from our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, our sit-at-home will in the mean time be observed on the date of our leader’s court appearances.

“The lPOB leadership urges Biafrans worldwide to take note of the next court appearance of our leader which is the 21st of October 2021. If, however, we have any reason or directive from the IPOB highest command that requires us to reactivate the suspended weekly sit-at-home, the leadership will not hesitate to lift the suspension and contnue with the our civil action.

“The leadership once more appreciates all Biafrans and our friends and sympathizers who faithfully observed the Monday August 9 sit-at-home which was a huge success throughout Biafra land. May God continue to bless and uphold all those committed to our struggle.

“The suspension of sit-at-home order was not done to downplay the integrity and determination to pursue the aim and objective of this noble movement, please our people should bear with DOS for the best interest of this great movement.

“We consider Biafra restoration as a sacrosanct call to duty above all else. Any other information regarding sit-at-home in Biafraland not emanating from IPOB through our main channels of information dissemination should be disregarded.

“The Nigeria Government should heed now to the voice of reason coming from within Nigeria and from outside the shores of Nigeria to unconditionally free our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and announce a date for Biafra referendum or plebiscite where our people will choose where they wish to belong before it is too late. Forcing Biafran citizens to be in Nigeria without a referendum or plebiscite will not continue in our lifetime because our ancestors were not consulted during their 1914 Amalgamation by Fredrick Lugard and his girlfriend Flora Shaw.”

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