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Nobody has substituted Kanu for now – IPOB warns

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned that nobody has been appointed to substitute the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is presently being held by the Department of Security Service (DSS).

IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, made this clarification while he sounded a note of warning in reaction to speculations in some quarters that Kanu has been substituted by Simon Ekpa, a staunch member of IPOB, in the interim.

In a press release by Emma Powerful, sounding the note of warning, it read in part: “We wish to confirm the directive by our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, that Mazi Simon Ekpa, an illustrious son of Biafra, be included among the broadcasters on the Radio Biafra platform.

“We, therefore, wish to also debunk the fake information and falsehood making the rounds that Mazi Simon Ekpa had been appointed to take over Radio Biafra or the interim leader of IPOB. This deliberate misrepresentation of facts is the handwork of detractors and enemies of our struggle.”

According to the release, “Mazi Simon Ekpa is only one of the many broadcasters on Radio Biafra whose immense contributions to the struggle are recognised.”

The IPOB spokesman reiterated that, “Nobody has been appointed to take over from our leader because he will soon be out to continue with the liberation movement. We want to reiterate that IPOB is a united, formidable and well-structured family, that even in the absence of our leader, the operations of our movement run effortlessly on a well-established

“The Directorate of State (DOS) is fully in charge of the affairs in IPOB worldwide and therefore, no vacuum exists concerning the day to day running of this great movement.”

He stated further that, “We know that confusionists and the enemies of our struggle are looking for an opportunity to instigate disaffection and create crisis in IPOB especially now that our Leader is in detention, but their plan is dead on arrival.  

“We, therefore, wish to urge the wonderful IPOB family worldwide as well as the general public to disregard any other information to the contrary. Importantly too, any information purportedly coming from IPOB that does not pass through our normal channel of information dissemination should be disregarded.”

Appreciating “contributions from various members of IPOB and other Biafrans towards the liberation at this critical moment of our struggle,” the spokesman warned that, “we wish to make it clear that responsibilities are given to people solely for the service of the Biafran people. Biafrans should be rest assured that the leadership of this movement put together by our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will not allow anyone to sow seeds of confusion in the minds of our people.

“Biafrans must be at alert because the enemy is trying to play the same card they played in 2015, when Onyendu was in the custody of the Nigerian government. The IPOB worldwide family defeated them then, and we shall also defeat them together with their co-travellers this time around.”

“We urge all Biafrans to continue to maintain absolute discipline and remain resolute in our march towards the restoration of our nation, Biafra. The night is far spent and the morning is almost here. We are already at the threshold of our independence. We can’t be distracted and we cannot lose focus at this moment.”

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