There are indications that the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may have divided, barely two months after its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by the Nigerian government.
This is because, after the group’s spokesperson had issued a press release on Sunday morning, insisting that the planned Sit-at-home would continue, younger brother of Nnamdi Kanu, Kanunta has allegedly countered it, insisting that the exercise would no longer hold.
A press release by the spokesperson of the IPOB, Emma Powerful was published here…
But Kanunta in a separate release said the planned sit-at-home ordered scheduled to have commenced tomorrow (Monday) has been suspended due to the just began National Examination Council (NECO) Exam for junior secondary schools.
He said a new date for the commencement of the sit-at-home order, IPOB said would be announced later.
In a statement the IPOB leader’s younger brother, Kanunta Kanu said the group arrived at the decision, after listening to pleas from well meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that the order be suspended to allow students from Igbo land to participate in the NECO Exam.
“IPOB has listened to pleas from well-meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that we consider the fate of our children who will be involved in the NECO Exam and based on that, we decided to shift grounds over the sit-at-home order”.
The statement added that IPOB on its part, having realized the academic deprivation the already marginalized Biafra students who entered for this year’s NECO would suffer, decided to suspend the sit-at-home order to a later date, to allow the students take their exams.
Kanu equally made it clear that allowing the sit-at-home to go ahead as earlier announced, in the face of the NECO Exam would amount to assisting enemies of Biafra to inflict more injuries on her children.
“As a group fighting for the liberation of her people from oppression from her enemies, we realized that it would amount to assisting the said enemies to inflict more harm on our children if we do not suspend the sit-at-home order to allow Biafra students take their exams”.
While making it clear the sit-at-home order has not been cancelled, but only suspended for the sake of Biafra students taking this year’s NECO Exam, the statement called on all IPOB global family members and Biafrans at large to await further directives in this regard.
Efforts to reach top members of IPOB to clarify which of the two statements is authentic failed.