The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that this week Thursday is the only day its members should exercise sit-at-home to honour its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as he is expected in court. The group refuted claims that it asked members to sit at home for the one-year remembrance of the #EndSARS protesters killed by the Nigerian military men and other security agencies last year.
IPOB further revealed that it has suspended the weekly Monday sit-at-home in the South east region, adding that those who did so did that out of their own volition. The group warned its members and supporters of its leader to shun orders that did not come from its leadership.
These were contained in a statement by IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, which was made available to journalists on Saturday.
The statement read in parts; “The attention of IPOB has been drawn to the fabricated statement being circulated by mischief makers and paid agents of darkness that IPOB had directed Biafrans to sit-at-home on Monday 18th October, Tuesday 19th October and Thursday 21st October for our leader, and one-year anniversary of #EndSARS protest.
“We want to make it categorically clear that the above purported statement did not emanate from IPOB, and we completely dissociate with such falsehood. IPOB did not issue any sit-at-home order on those days except on Thursday 21st October 2021 when our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is expected to appear in court.
“We, therefore, urge members of the public to ignore the purported statement and utter falsehood being peddled by paid agents of the government to create confusion and demarket IPOB. Their intention is to portray IPOB as a violent and insensitive movement but we know their antics, and shall beat them to it.
“For the sake of clarity, IPOB has not called for any sit-at-home except on Thursday, 21st October 2021 when Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will appear in court in Abuja. Biafrans will show solidarity with him by staying indoors on that day because we are all in the struggle together. He did nothing to deserve any persecution by the federal government.
“We seriously warn all those behind this rumor to retrace their steps and stop tarnishing the good image of IPOB. As a responsible and responsive movement, we stopped Monday Sit-at-homes in the interest of our people.
When we discovered that hooligans and paid agents of death wanted to hijack the opportunity to unleash mayhem on our people and then cleverly blame it on IPOB, we decided to stopped it. So, anybody sitting at home on Mondays does so out of their own volition and not on the orders of IPOB.
“We also urge the general public to ignore the fake news that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been taken away by a foreign government,” the statement concluded.
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