By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, berated lawyers to its detained leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu over alleged claim that the director of Radio Biafra had agreed to negotiate with the Federal Government for his release.
Kanu has been in detention since last year over offences bordering on treasonable felony. Though he had consistently said that his support for the actualization of Biafra Republic was non- negotiable, his lawyers, in a surprise move last week told reporters in Abuja that the IPOB leader was willing to negotiate with Federal Government to secure his release.
Disowning the lawyers’ alleged move, the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful in a statement made available to reporters described the position of the lawyers as a distraction.
In the statement entitled, ‘Nobody can set an agenda for IPOB except our leader, Nnamdi Kanu,’ the group urged their members and the public to disregard the statement credited to the lawyers.
The statement read: “The leader for the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the members of IPOB worldwide, appeal to the public and the people of Biafra to remain calm and disregard the press staement credited to the defense lawyers, namely Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Chief Amobi Nzelu and others that appeared at a press conference in Abuja.
“It is very unfortunate that the lawyers did not consult the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and members of the Directorate of State before speaking about our relationship with the Avengers or willingness to dialogue with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In this regard, it is crucial to clarify that our leader will not discuss with the Nigerian government until court orders granting him unconditional release is obeyed by the DSS.
“Therefore, the public should not be perturbed because our march towards the quest for the restoration of God’s nation, Biafra, is intact under the divine direction of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We are the biggest mass movement on this planet and so, we shall neither retreat nor surrender.
“Those that know him will attest to the fact that Biafra is more important to him than his life. Therefore, the public must understand that Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Amobi Nzelu are not members of the Indigenous People of Biafra. They are only there for the legal defence of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and therefore do not know the modus operandi of the IPOB family.
“We are calling on all the members of the Indigenous people of Biafra worldwide, lovers of freedom and friends of Biafra to disregard the statement credited to the defence counsel.”
While reiterating its call for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB members in detention, the group commended the efforts being made by the Federal Government to release their detained members in Aba, Abia State.