By Valentine Amanze
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has suspended the proposed sit-at-home order billed to commence on Friday November 5, 2021 following the appeal by the South East elders coupled with its grave economic implications on the people of the region and beyond.
The IPOB Director of Publicity, Emma Powerful, disclosed this on Thursday, while calling on the members of the group and the people of Anambra State to fully participate in the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State.
He also warned politicians and their supporters against rigging of the election. Which he said would not be tolerated.
His words: “No rigging of any kind will be tolerated on the Anambra State governorship election. It must be transparent, free and fair to all.”
Recall that the IPOB director of publicity had earlier announced that its members would commence a sit-at-home strike on November 5, 2021 if their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was not released unconditionally on November 4, 2021.
The full statement:
Following the genuine intervention of our elders, esteemed traditional Institutions /Rulers and Religious Leaders, and after a due consideration of the positive impacts of their engagement, and sequel to the fact that our elders have spoken in our terms, the leadership of IPOB ably lead by MAZI NNAMDI Kanu hereby and immediately CALL OFF THE ONE WEEK SIT-AT-HOME protest earlier declared to commence tomorrow, November 5, to November 10, 2021.
We have equally considered several appeals by our mothers who earn their living based on their daily economic activities which will obviously be affected if Biafra land is locked down for one whole week. It’s never our intention to add to the pains of our people, hence our decision to suspend the sit-at-home.
The people of Anambra State should go out enmasse and peacefully exercise their franchise come 6th November 20121 and accordingly, chose a leader of their choice and should not be intimidated by anybody, group of persons or security agents.
Anambrarians should vote and standby to protect their votes. No rigging of any kind will be tolerated on the Anambra State governorship election. It must be transparent, free and fair to all.
We wish to thank Biafrans, IPOB members worldwide, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom for their continued support for our dogged struggle for independence.
May we therefore, warn detractors, traitors and enemies of Biafra not to cause confusion by imputing motives to our decision. IPOB doesn’t expect anybody to observe, monitor or enforce the suspended order otherwise such action will be considered a rebellion to the highest leadership of our global movement.
On the other hand, our oppressors should not take our decision as an act of cowardice. IPOB still believes that our elders, religious leaders, political leaders and various stakeholders will live up to their promises in their engagements and efforts towards securing the unconditional release of our leader.
We therfore urge all Biafrans and residents of Biafra to go about their lawful businesses without fear of any molestations. All agents of darkness recruited by our enemies to inflict pains on our people under the guise of enforcing the sit-at-home are hereby warned to steer clear or brace up for the consequences of their evil action.