ABUJA – The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied ordering a three-day sit-at-home in the five states of the South East region of Nigeria.
IPOB said on Sunday in a statement obtained by News Express, that the rumoured voice message on sit-at-home purportedly credited to it was not ordered by it, adding that it is the handiwork of its enemies.
Circulating in the social media is the story of a three-day sit-at-home meant to start from Monday, May 16, purportedly issued by IPOB. But dissociating itself from the message making the rounds, Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Emma Powerful, in the statement titled, “MAY 18TH, 2022 BEING THE COURT DATE OF OUR LEADER IS SIT-AT-HOME”, said that people and residents of the South East should ignore the message, hence, it did not emanate from the group.
It said the purported voice note was the hand work of Nigeria government’s paid agents.
“The attention of the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU has been drawn to a purported voice note ordering Biafrans and residents of Biafraland to sit at home on a date other than May 18th. This is the hand work of Nigeria paid agents and should be totally ignored,” Powerful said in the statement.
He continued: “IPOB is not a faceless movement and does not announce its activities through voice messages. Biafrans must be very much at alert because the Nigerian government working through its security agencies the DSS and the BBC are trying so hard to create confusion in our land in its attempt to set Biafrans against themselves and scuttle our struggle for liberation.
“But we assure them that Biafrans know their plans and will not fall for their evil agenda.
“Like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said, if you did not hear it on Radio Biafra then it is not from IPOB. IPOB announce its activities and events only through official channels which are (i) Radio Biafra (ii) Press Statement from Emma Powerful (office of IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary) and (iii) Memo from the Office of IPOB Head of Directorate.
“To this end therefore the only Sit-At-Home order emanating and announced by IPOB leadership are the 18th May, 2022 being the date our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU will appear in court. The IPOB leadership is very strategic in its actions and directives to the Biafran people knowing fully well that our enemies are desperate to scuttle this heaven ordained freedom movement.
“Our core reasonable is the well-being of Biafrans all over the globe but with added emphasis on the well-being of Biarrans in the homeland of Biafra.
“Those behind the purported voice note should go and inform their pay masters to stop dissipating their energy and resources on a hopeless attempt to stop the collective will and decision of the Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide to pursue our Self Determination Right.
“Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom across the world and especially in Biafraland should therefore pay no heed to faceless DSS agents and impostors recruited to serve the interest of Fulani Caliphate.”