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The family of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has again opened up on its earlier call to suspend the sit-at-home order saying that there were not bribed by Nigerian authorities to take the stand.
In a statement on behalf of the family, Prince Emmanuel Kanu explained that the counter-directive was due to the ongoing National Examination Council, NECO, examination.
Emmanuel also stated that the counter-directive was not aimed at usurping the powers of IPOB.
He stressed that the family had lost almost everything in the struggle for Biafra, hence it can not be compromised.
The statement which was obtained by The Eastern Updates read in part: ‘We the family of the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have noted with concern mixed reactions that have trailed the counter order by the family against the Monday, August 9 planned sit-at-home order initially directed by IPOB.
‘It must be understood that the action of the family was informed by the compelling need not to jeopardise the academic future of thousands of Biafran children sitting for the ongoing National Examination Council, NECO.
‘Contrary to misconceptions in some quarters, the action of the family to counter the sit-at-home was not as a result of compromise or monetary inducement by the Government.
‘It was also not to usurp the powers of IPOB or for any ulterior motive contrary to speculations.
‘It’s unthinkable that the Kanu family, which has sacrificed almost everything including our parents, in the cause of this struggle would ever contemplate sabotaging the same struggle for which our first son is now being illegally detained.’
IPOB had declared the sit-at-home order on Monday to push for Kanu’s release.
The separatist is under the custody of security operatives, following his rearrest and repatriation to Nigeria.
However, Kanu’s brother, Kanunta, had urged the people of the Southeast to ignore the directive.
Kanunta had anchored his call on the ongoing NECO examinations.
Meanwhile, The Eastern Updates can confirm that last Monday’s sit-at-home protest recorded compliance in the Southeast.
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