After a moment of silence, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has confirmed the arrest of its spiritual leader, Nnamdi Kanu, but vowed it would not be deterred by the development and that the Biafra struggles continue even at that.
This was made known by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement released on Wednesday and shared with TheCable.
The group emphasized that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is not the “end of the road” for the Biafran struggles, as it would “mobilise” its members to rally round Kanu and attend the court hearing when it resumes on July 26.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday in a covert operation by the Nigerian-State Intelligence and Security Service and extradited to the country. The revelation of his arrest was made on Tuesday by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,
However, the proscribed separatist group has vowed that the arrest of its Leader will not be allowed to become a stumbling block against their struggles to liberate Biafran land from “perpetual slavery”, noting further that the leader was “abducted” in a cowardly manner with the help of those who feel threatened by the resolve of their leader to liberate his people.
The statement read partly as follows:
IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our struggle for the restoration of Biafran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors,” he said.
The group stated further that its leader cannot be cowed into abandoning the struggle for Biafra restoration, thereby calling on all IPOB family members to stand firm at this “challenging moment in the history of their struggle” to provide unflinching support for its “selfless leader.”
The spokesman noted that Kanu deserves justice and fair hearing in his trial under the law, thereby calling on all concerned people to stand up and protect the rights of its leader.
The statement read further:
We also want to state unequivocally, that no harm should befall our leader. Should anything untoward happen to him, Nigeria Government will be held accountable for it,” he added.