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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have openly announced that Mazi Chika Edoziem will be appointed as its new leader.
IPOB had revealed that Edoziem would pilot its affairs until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
A statement by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said Edoziem would relinquish the leadership role to Kanu when he is released.
The statement reads partly: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (DOS), headed by Mazi Chika Edoziem, is at the helm of affairs of the Biafra movement; whenever our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU comes out, he hands over IPOB structure back to him.”
Edoziem is believed to be the deputy leader of IPOB.
Kanu is currently locked up by the Department of State Services, DSS.
The DSS has held the IPOB leader since he was re-arrested and repatriated from Kenya in 2011.
IPOB claimed that all diplomatic missions and countries knew about the Biafra agitation and that they had been communicating with the group.
The group’s statement in part read, “We, the global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again to Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom across the globe that IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu has not set up any Government In Exile (GIE).
“We, therefore, dissociate ourselves completely from the purported government in exile.
“IPOB has legitimate and well-established Institutions and a well-structured administrative hierarchy that oversees the day-to-day running of Biafra affairs.
“Already, all diplomatic missions and countries of the world know about the Biafra agitation and they communicate with IPOB as the responsible authority that oversees the affairs of the Biafran people, be it nationally or internationally.”