The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a pro-Biafra secessionist group, has accused the Nigerian Government of plotting to kill its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group also said if President Muhammadu Buhari-led government succeeds in its plan, it will then declare a state of emergency in all fives states that make up the South-East region.
IPOB alleged this in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday.
The statement read in part, “We the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great liberator and prophet Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu, wish to alert Biafrans and the entire humanity about the plans by the wicked and oppressive Fulani-controlled federal government of Nigeria to eliminate our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; and declare the State of Emergency in the entire South-East and South-South regions of Nigeria This plan is real and must be taken very serious by everybody.”
The group said the reason for the government’s plot was that, “the wicked Nigeria Government is not comfortable with the international attention that Kanu's rendition has received and the fate that awaits her at the International Criminal Court (ICC), hence its contemplation to carry out those acts.
“Nigeria is further aggrieved by the humiliating defeat it suffered at the just-concluded November 6 Anambra State governorship election which the federal government believes was made possible by our wisdom to cancel our earlier declared one-week sit-at-home order. Our action was considered the masterstroke that shattered their plans to manipulate the outcome of the poll in the eventuality that people did not come out to vote.
“Irked by the heroic role of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in raising the consciousness of not only Biafrans but other Indigenous nationalities about the fraud called NIGERIA, the Fulani cabal who are the beneficiaries of this fraud are bent on eliminating him at all cost. They want to reward him with death and damn the consequences. They want to kill him in DSS custody.”
According to the statement, IPOB further said, “We, therefore, urge the UN, the EU and the global community to take note of this physical and psychological torture being meted to him by the DSS and hold NIGERIA responsible should anything happen to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This matter is so serious that we want all Biafrans to be vigilant. NIGERIA should know that nothing should happen to our leader!
“We, therefore, urge Biafran women to be prepared for the battle ahead. Militarisation of Biafraland must cease and we demand a date for a plebiscite for the Biafran people to decide their destiny.
“While Fulani bandits, Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have taken over the control of a number territories in the North, yet there is a fewer military presence there when compared with the anomaly of military checkpoints after every pole in Biafraland which unleash pain and agony upon our people. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must be released unconditionally.
“Politicians, elders and religious leaders in our region who were pleading with IPOB to calm down should know that if anything happens to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, things won't remain the same again for everybody! If truly they are committed to peace they should impress upon the Nigerian government that the only solution to Nigeria's problem is the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu now to avoid the unimaginable!”