The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has called off the one-week sit-at-home earlier declared to commence tomorrow, November 5 to November 10, 2021, across the South-East.
In a statement on Thursday, IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful said the order was cancelled following consultations with elders, traditional, and religious leaders.
Newsflash Nigeria had earlier reported that that the IPOB had ordered the sit-at-home across the region if the federal government fail to release its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Many individuals had condemned the order as it would instil fear into the hearts of those willing to participate in the upcoming Anambra governorship election set to hold on Saturday.
But IPOB spokesperson said the order was cancelled following consultations with elders, traditional, and religious leaders.
According to Powerful: “Following the genuine intervention of our elders, esteemed traditional Institutions /Rulers and Religious Leaders, and after due consideration of the positive impacts of their engagement, and sequel to the fact that our elders have spoken in our terms, the Leadership of IPOB ably lead by MAZI NNAMDI Kanu hereby and immediately CALL OFF THE ONE WEEK SIT AT HOME earlier declared to commence tomorrow, November 5 to November 10, 2021.
“We have equally considered several appeals by our mothers who earn their living based on their daily economic activities which will obviously be affected if Biafra land is locked down for one whole week. It’s never our intention to add to the pains of our people, hence our decision to suspend the sit-at-home.
“IPOB leadership is only interested in Our referendum and peaceful agitation for self determination, and can not by under any guise be seen to be interfering with any electoral process.”
“The people of Anambra State should go out enmasse and peacefully exercise their franchise come 6th November 20121 and accordingly, chose a leader of their Choice and should not be intimidated by anybody, group of persons or security agents.
“Credible intelligence available to us confirmed that the Nigeria DSS has concluded arrangement to deploy a branch of their trained terrorist group to Anambra state come 6th Day 2021, to unleash mayhem on our people and attribute the killing to peaceful IPOB members.
“Anambrarians should vote and standby to protect their votes. No rigging of any kind will be tolerated on the Anambra State governorship election. It must be transparent, free and fair to all.
“We wish to thank Biafrans, IPOB members worldwide, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom for their continued support for our dogged struggle for independence.”