The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called a halt to the weekly sit-at-home protests that began in the southeast this week.
IPOB had called for a weekly sit-in to protest the Federal Government’s arrest and incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
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The operation, which began on Monday, August 9, was marred by the loss of life, property, and significant financial and economic consequences for the region.
Because Monday is generally one of the busiest days for companies in the region, the region was expected to lose millions as a result of the exercise.
The practice has been halted, according to the organisation, due to direct instruction from Kanu.
“The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) understands the concern expressed by the global IPOB family regarding the suspension of the weekly Sit-At-Home previously announced by the IPOB Head of Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra,” the statement said.
“We know that our people enthusiastically supported this civil action without being forced to do so.
“The leadership deeply appreciates Biafrans’ innate desire to sacrifice their time, resources, and energy to ensure that our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is unconditionally released from the Nigerian State’s illegal custody after he was criminally renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria.
“The IPOB Head of Directorate suspended the sit-in in response to a direct order from this great movement’s leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“There is no denying that Command and Control is one of IPOB’s major fundamental guiding principles.
“This simply means that the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will obey and implement all orders issued by the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).”
“Keeping in mind that this principle has enabled this movement to exceed even the expectations of both Biafrans and Non-Biafrans alike, the leadership wishes to encourage Biafrans to focus on the most pressing issue currently confronting this great family, which is ensuring the safety of our leader while still in the illegal custody of the DSS and securing his unconditional release from detention,” the leadership said.
According to IPOB, the sit-at-home would be observed on the day of Kanu’s court hearings, as directed by its commander.
“The leadership of the lPOB urges Biafrans all over the world to pay attention to our leader’s next court appearance on October 21, 2021.
“However, if any reason or directive from the IPOB highest command requires us to reactivate the suspended weekly sit-at-home, the leadership will not hesitate to lift the suspension and resume our civil action.”
“The leadership would like to express its gratitude to all Biafrans, as well as our friends and sympathisers, who faithfully observed the Sit-At-Home on Monday, August 9th, which was a huge success across Biafra land. May God continue to bless and strengthen all those who are devoted to our cause.”
“We regard the restoration of Biafra as a sacred call to duty above all else. Any other information on Biafraland Sit-At-Home that does not come from IPOB through our major methods of information dissemination should be ignored.”