The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have initiated a widespread distribution of flyers and posters throughout the South-Eastern region of Nigeria, aimed at notifying residents about the cancellation of the regular sit-at-home exercise.
According to the spokesperson of the separatist group, Emma Powerful, this decision stems directly from the directive of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu. He further emphasized that the strategy of enforcing sit-at-home would no longer be employed as a means of civil disobedience in their pursuit of self-determination.
The official statement released by the group conveyed the following message:
“We wish to inform the Biafran community about the ongoing distribution of flyers and posters across the South-East, conveying the message from our leader about the termination of the Monday sit-at-home practice. It is important for the people of Biafra to understand that the concept of sit-at-home has been permanently ended, and it will no longer be utilized to express civil dissent in our quest for self-determination.
“For the benefit of those who might not be fully aware of the principles that govern the conduct of the IPOB worldwide, it should be noted that our supreme leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has formally put an end to the Monday sit-at-home in Biafraland. Anyone found enforcing this unauthorized and non-existent practice of a Monday sit-at-home will be apprehended and dealt with immediately on the spot.
“It is critical to recognize that these individuals engaging in such actions are not genuinely working towards the restoration of Biafra or the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently unjustly detained in solitary confinement by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, Nigeria.
“The group claiming to represent a Biafra Government in Exile based in Finland, operating under the name Autopilot, is not comprised of IPOB members. Their activities do not align with the beliefs of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the core IPOB membership, nor the operatives of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
“Furthermore, it is truly regrettable that individuals who have never led any form of street protest in Biafraland or elsewhere in the world in support of the restoration of Biafra can make false claims about leading our people. This is a clear disgrace.
“Any individual who chooses to associate with such a fraudulent social media entity, referred to as the Government in Exile (Autopilot), is doing so at their own peril. It is crucial to understand that this group does not have any connection to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu or the IPOB.
“The land of Biafra belongs to the Biafran people, and it is the collective responsibility of all Biafrans to safeguard it from government-sponsored agents and criminal factions who misuse the respected names of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the Biafran cause.
“We urge all Biafrans to take part in distributing these flyers and posters to their communities, remote areas, and cities across Biafraland. This will symbolize a requiem for the senseless practice of the Monday sit-at-home.
“Any individual apprehended enforcing a sit-at-home directive will face severe consequences. The actions of the criminals based in Finland will not offer any protection.”
This announcement has sparked conversations among Biafrans, Nigerian citizens, and observers globally, generating discussions about the evolving dynamics within the IPOB movement and their strategies for achieving their self-determination goals. The public awaits to witness how this decision will shape the future landscape of activism in the region.