There will be a total lockdown of the entire South East zone of the country for one month, should the Federal Government and the Department of State Service (DSS) fail to bring Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to court on October 21, as scheduled to start facing his trial.
IPOB issued the threat on Wednesday through a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful. The group said that their action had become necessary in view of reports reaching them that DSS was plotting to keep Kanu away from court that day. They warned that the Federal Government cannot continue to incarcerate their leader illegally and expect peace to reign.
The IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary alleged that the FG and DSS plan to perpetually keep Mazi Nnamdi Kanu behind bars without trial was in order to demoralize him as well as Biafrans in general. The statement which was captioned: “Biafraland will go on one month lockdown if Nnamdi Kanu is not brought to court on October 21, 2021, warned that its peaceful disposition should not be misconstrued as weakness.
Part of IPOB’s statement reads: “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great prophet and liberator of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the plot by Nigerian Government and her Department of State Service in Abuja not to produce our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in court on 21st October 2021, the date he is due to appear in court to start his case.
“…Their plan is to perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralize him and Biafrans but they are late.
“If the Federal Government refuses to bring him to court on October 21, the entire Biafraland will be on total lockdown for one month. They cannot take us for granted any more.
“Our peaceful disposition as a people should not be misconstrued as weakness. If by October 21, Kanu is not brought to court, Nigeria will know that Kanu commands the unflinching loyalty of over 60 million Biafrans at home and in Diaspora.
“By keeping our leader out of circulation, his health will be in jeopardy and we won’t allow this.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze, the Igbo apex socio-cultural organization and the Igbo elite body, Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) have reacted to IPOB statement.
While Ohaneze advised IPOB not to carry out the threat, warning that it will be counter productive to the course they are pursuing, ADF said it does not envisage anything that will stop DSS from producing Kanu in Court that day.
The apex Igbo body told IPOB that Kanu, their leader will not be happy that Ndigbo is being inflicted with hardship.
The Ohanaeze disclosed that it was working with Igbo lawmakers in the National Assembly for a political solution to see that their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released.
Part of a statement issued by Ohaneze spokesman, Hon. Alex Ogbonna, reads, “I don’t think the IPOB which Nnamdi Kanu represents, which he epitomizes, will like to inflict hardship and injury on Ndigbo.
“They will be playing into the hands of hoodlums. Even when IPOB suspended their Monday sit-at-home, some hoodlums hijacked it and went killing, maiming and destroying Igbo properties. They will be playing into the hands of hoodlums.
“They will lose the solidarity and sympathy of the people and the essence of the agitation will become counter productive.
“They should take it easy. Ohaneze and South East caucus of National Assembly are making sincere efforts to get Kanu released through political solution.
Similarly, part of the statement by Abia Onyike, ADF, spokesman reads – There won’t be any reason not to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court this time around. After all, the courts have resumed from their annual vacation. “And so the idea of shutting down the South East by IPOB does not arise,” he said.