The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has said agitations for a sovereign state of Biafra would continue despite the arrest of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, titled, ‘Nothing should happen to our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,’ IPOB warned the government against harming their leader in custody.
IPOB stated further that all its activities must go unhindered because they will never relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom.
The statement reads, “We the global family of movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to confirm the abduction of our leader by the Nigerian government and her security operatives. We shall expose details of his abduction later.
“Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is presently in custody of the Nigeria government. This crime of kidnapping was masterminded by the Nigeria government in collaboration with all those that view IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as a stumbling block to their continued attack of Igbo communities and in their bid to hold Biafra in perpetual slavery.
“We, therefore, enjoin every IPOB member both at home and in the Diaspora and all Biafrans to remain calm because this is not the end of the road, our activities continue unhindered even with the abduction and detention of our leader.
“We will mobilize to Court on the day of our leader’s next court appearance, which is July 26, 2021 and we call on Biafrans to mobilize and attend the court hearing.
“IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our struggle for the restoration of Biafran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors.
“Our Leader can never be coerced into abandoning the struggle for Biafra restoration irrespective of the present circumstance.
“At this very challenging moment in the history of our march to freedom, all IPOB family members must stand firm and resolute behind our selfless leader. We stand by him and the God of Heavens in whom we trust and rest our confidence shall not let us down. We shall triumph!
“We want to draw the attention of the world to a statement from one of our intelligence officers saying, “Please Nnamdi Kanu’s life is at risk… Don’t doubt it, don’t ask me how and don’t chat me up privately on this.
“They are seriously planning to poison his food in detention or poison his skin through health treatment and trust me this time, they will succeed.
“We, therefore, want to remind the Nigerian government and her security agencies that our leader deserves justice and fair hearing. We also want to state unequivocally, that no harm should befall or be done to our leader.
“His life should not be tampered with. Should anything untoward happen to him, Nigeria Government will be held accountable for it, and we assure you that Nigeria will fall for it.”