Confusion has trailed the planned Monday sit at home order issued by leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) targeted at compelling the Federal government to release its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, had in an earlier statement, insisted the sit at home order remained sacrosanct, while younger brother to the pro-biafran leader, Kanu Kanunta allegedly countered it, insisting that the exercise would no longer hold.
Kanunta in a separate release said the planned sit-at-home ordered scheduled to have commenced tomorrow (Monday) has been suspended due to the just began National Examination Council (NECO) Exam for junior secondary schools.
He said a new date for the commencement of the sit-at-home order, IPOB said would be announced later.
But IPOB spokesperson, Powerful, dismissed the report as untrue, urging members of the group to disregard every statement not from him or DOS and radio Biafra.
He said, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been drawn to the purported suspension of Monday sit at home order issued by leadership of IPOB has been suspended by some section of media. We wish to remind every Biafran that the sit at home order remain sacrosanct on Monday tomorrow.
“Anybody issuing press statement concerning IPOB sit at home order is fake and any statement without sit at home order or any activity of IPOB remain comrade Emma Powerful the media and publicity secretary for IPOB.
Therefore, every Biafran should disregard regard every statement that is not from Emma Powerful or DOS and radio Biafra.
“We know the situation of those going exam tomorrow but our demand is for them release our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and our people must understand that Fulani terrorists and co stopped our people school for three years during the genocidal war in 1967 to 1970 and it did not kill our people and this one day sacrifice for the release of somebody who has sacrificed a lot for our land.
“Anybody who venture to come out tomorrow Will regret his or her life. We warn you tomorrow is total lockdown in every part of Biafra tomorrow.
But Kanu’s brother, while suspending the IPOB sit-at-home order, cited the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) Exam for junior secondary schools as reason.
He said the group arrived at the decision, after listening to pleas from well meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that the order be suspended to allow students from Igbo land to participate in the NECO Exam.
He argued that allowing the sit-at-home to go ahead as earlier announced, in the face of the NECO Exam would amount to assisting enemies of Biafra to inflict more injuries on her children.
“IPOB has listened to pleas from well-meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that we consider the fate of our children who will be involved in the NECO Exam and based on that, we decided to shift grounds over the sit-at-home order.
“IPOB on its part, having realized the academic deprivation the already marginalized Biafra students who entered for this year’s NECO would suffer, decided to suspend the sit-at-home order to a later date, to allow the students take their exams.
“As a group fighting for the liberation of her people from oppression from her enemies, we realized that it would amount to assisting the said enemies to inflict more harm on our children if we do not suspend the sit-at-home order to allow Biafra students take their exams”.
While making it clear the sit-at-home order has not been cancelled, but only suspended for the sake of Biafra students taking this year’s NECO Exam, the statement called on all IPOB global family members and Biafrans at large to await further directives in this regard.