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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has come out to deny reports linking it with the enforcement of nonexistent sit-at-home in the Southeast zone stressing that it has since ended the exercise, even as it accused Federal Government of sponsoring those enforcing the action in the region.
Making the denial through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group was reacting to a National newspaper that reportedly accused it of enforcing sit-at-home, IPOB reiterated that the accusation was made to dent its image.
‘This Fulani-owned media in desperation to blackmail IPOB before the International Community, rolled out the false dossier of criminalities in Southeast and blamed them all on the peaceful movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB). In their wickedness, they claimed ignorance of IPOB’s repeated expositions and disassociation from the criminals contracted by the Nigeria government to impersonate this peaceful Biafra struggle.
He went on to add that; ‘The media feign ignorance that IPOB leadership has suspended the sit-at-home that was suspended since September 2021. Even though some of our people sit at home voluntarily every Monday in solidarity to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s continued illegal detention. Those who claim to be enforcing non-existent sit-at-home order in Biafra Land are not IPOB members but rather government-sponsored infiltrators.
‘IPOB has consistently disassociated itself from them. Therefore, for the Alamajiri newspaper to be linking IPOB to the criminals enforcing non-existence sit-at-home at any location in the Southeast is foolishness. IPOB is not among those groups committing crimes. IPOB or ESN doesn’t engage in forcing people to obey a sit-at-home order.
‘When IPOB announced a sit-at-home, our people obeyed, and not by force. Unfortunately, the said National newspaper has prepared itself for public ridicule because of her biased tribal reportage against Ndigbo and IPOB members,” the spokesperson stated.
According to him, one does not need a soothsayer to say that the paper in question, in connivance with the Federal Government of Nigeria demonised IPOB.