The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that its order for a Southeast shutdown from November 5 to 10 in response to the Federal Government’s refusal to free its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has nothing to do with the governorship election in Anambra State on November 6.
The outlawed group said it had made no official statement or urged for a boycott of the election.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said: “The global movement and family of the IPOB, ably led by our great and indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to clarify that contrary to speculations and blackmail, IPOB has never made any official statement or called for the boycott of Anambra State governorship election, coming up on November 6, 2021.
“It will, therefore, be wrong for people to speculate or peddle falsehood against us when there is no basis for such.
“For the sake of clarity, what we said was that the entire Biafra land would be locked down from November 5 to November 10, 2021, if by November 4 the Federal Government fails to release our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally. Our position has nothing to do with Anambra election.
“All we need is the release of our leader who committed no crime to be held perpetually in custody. We have gathered, through intelligence, the plot by Nigerian Government to keep our leader in detention perpetually through frivolous court adjournments.
“We knew their evil plans when they were killing their fellow politicians and blaming it on IPOB. They should leave us alone. Using the social media to link IPOB to Anambra election shows most of them are not informed about plots by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives to hijack this election and give it to whom they feel to perfect establishment of RUGA in Anambra State.
“But that won’t work for them, because IPOB is ahead of their game plan. We urge media houses to be objective in their reportage and crosscheck their facts. IPOB has never, at any time, called for boycott of Anambra election. Media houses should stop publishing lies against us.”