The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has suspended its weekly sit-at-home order ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The sit-at-home order had been imposed by the group as a way to restate its stance and interest towards the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the date for the Biafra referendum for Biafrans to determine their political future in or outside Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, the group, on Thursday, affirmed that it was yet to issue any statement regarding the forth-coming general election in the country.
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According to the statement, IPOB further warned the public to be wary of any group claiming that they were IPOB and issuing and enforcing reckless sit-at-home order in the South East.
The statement read, “IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has never forcefully obstructed the election process in Nigeria. Rather, we once called Biafrans to boycott elections, which was later called off.
“We have maintained that we don’t have any interest in the Nigeria shambolic political selection process called Nigeria elections scheduled for February 2023. Our interest and focus is the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the date for the Biafra referendum for Biafrans to determine their political future in or outside Nigeria.
“We knew that this mushroom group called PANPIEC is among those sponsoring this fake group claiming that they are IPOB issuing and enforcing reckless sit at homes in the East.
“If they are not their sponsors, why do they keep linking the paid agents of confusion with us even as IPOB has publicly denounced any link with Simon Ekpa and his collaborators?
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“It’s on record and in the public domain that IPOB has not called for any sit-at-home during the February elections. It’s also obvious that IPOB and ESN do not have any faction or splinter groups. IPOB remains peaceful and indivisible under one command for the liberation of the Biafra Nation from the Republic called Nigeria.
“We reiterate for the records that, IPOB has not, did not, and will not issue any sit-at-home order in February during the elections period. We also did not call for any boycott of the upcoming elections yet.
“The focus of IPOB is the release from illegal detention of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whom Appeal Court and other courts have discharged and acquitted since 13th of October 2022, and the Biafra referendum date.”