Uncertainty Over Anambra Guber As 6-Day Lockdown Looms In Southeast
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened a 6-day sit-at- home in the Southeast if Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is being detained by the Federal Government of Nigeria, is not released unconditionally before Nov. 4, 2021.
Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB in a Statement made available on Saturday said the failure to release Kanu would make them declare six days sit-at-home from Nov. 5, to Nov 10 with exception of Sunday, Nov 7.
The threat has put the conduct of Anambra governorship election on Nov. 6 at risk.
The group said Kanu did not commit any offence known to law and could not continue to stay in detention
It alleged Federal Government’s plans to torment or abandon Kanu in DSS custody through frivolous court adjournment, insisting that such plans to subject him to trauma in detention would not succeed.
The group which regretted the inconveniences the proposed lockdown would cause to the people of the Southeast but said it was a sacrifice that was not too much to secure the freedom of the activist.
According to the Statement, we wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafra land from 5th of November to 10th of November except Sunday, Nov. 7, a day our people worship the Almighty God, Chukwu Okike Abiama,
“Following the adjournment of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court case to of Nov. 10, by the Federal High Court Abuja, we the great movement and family of IPOB, wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafra land from Nov.4 to Nov. 10, except Sunday, Nov.7, a day our people worship the Almighty God, Chukwu Okike Abiama if the Nigeria Government fails to release our leader unconditionally before
“Our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi must be released unconditionally on or before Nov. 4, because he has not committed any offense known to any law.
“Although we quite understand the pains and adverse effects of this option on our people, we are compelled to take it to achieve a better purpose in the collective interest of Biafrans.
“We all saw how lawyers, journalists, Igbo delegates and respected traditional rulers and other people who came from all around the world to witness his court case were restricted and denied access into the court premises by security agents who kept them outside under the scorching heat of the sun. What a humiliation and wickedness!
“We cannot accept that anymore. We can never allow our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be tried Secretly and we can never also allow him to be tried under Sharia law under any guise. Nigeria must follow International laws in handling our leader.
“Mazi Nnamdi KANU is in the DSS dungeon today because of his passion for Biafra independence, and we must sacrifice all we can to ensure that he regains his freedom. He has sacrificed so much for us all, so we must be prepared to sacrifice little for him.
“Unless the federal government releases him unconditionally before November 4, we shall sacrifice one week for him as a warning protest to convey to our oppressors that Nnamdi Kanu represents over 70 million Biafrans.
“He is innocent of all the charges preferred against him. As long as he is in detention our individual businesses do not matter so much because he is suffering for us all and we can’t abandon him.
“We seriously regret the inconveniences this may cause our people but it’s a necessary sacrifice we need to make until we have our full independence. Nobody resident in Biafra land is expected to flout this directive as doing so amounts to challenging the will of the people on the Biafra project.