Naija News had reported on Tuesday, January 29, that a massive crowd of cheering supporters mobbed President Buhari as he arrived Aba in what was opposite of what the IPOB led by Kanu had expected.
This online news platform recalls that the secessionist group had ordered its members in Abia state, where Kanu is from, to observe a sit-at-home on Tuesday ahead of President Buhari‘s visit.
IPOB gave this order in a statement issued on Monday evening by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, where it asked its members to be indoors from 6 am till 4 pm on Tuesday.
“All family members of IPOB within Aba metropolis are hereby instructed to observe a mini sit at home tomorrow (today) 29th January 2019 in total boycott of the impostor, Jubril AL-Sudani who is slated to be in Aba for an Islamic evil APC rally.
“We must ensure that Jubril meets an empty stadium today because his murderous presence is not welcome in our land. Do not go out for any reason, do not engage in any zoo political discussion as their Boko Haram and Janjaweed army are on standby to kill. Stay indoors from 6 am to 4 pm,” the statement had read.
Naija News had also reported that reverse was the case as a massive crowd of supporters cheered the President on as he arrived Aba on Tuesday where he commissioned the 9.5 Megawatts Independent Power Plant, at Ariaria Market in Osisioma Ngwa council area of the state and also attended the rally of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party at the Enyimba stadium.
Reacting to the President’s visit, Kanu took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, where he uploaded an early stage of the programme, claiming the President met an empty stadium.
Kanu tweeted: “The atmosphere at the Enyimba Stadium Aba yesterday said it all. The people of Enyimba rejected the Sudanese fraud Jubril, parading as @NGRPresident. At the directive of #IPOB Biafraland will be locked down on Biafra Referendum Day scheduled for February 16, 2019,” he added.
The atmosphere at the Enyimba Stadium Aba yesterday said it all.
The people of Enyimba rejected the Sudanese fraud Jubril, parading as @NGRPresident.
— Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (@MaziNnamdiKanu) January 30, 2019