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Why We Suspended IPOB’s Sit-at-home Order – Nnamdi Kanu’s Family

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The family of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has explained why it gave a counter order to suspend the sit-at-home order on Monday.

Recall that IPOB had ordered for a sit-at-home to be observed every Monday throughout the southeast region, starting from August 9, until IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released from prison.

Emmanuel Kanu, brother to Nnamdi Kanu, had in a statement on Sunday said the sit-at-home order has been suspended due to the National Examination Council (NECO) examination for junior secondary schools.

According to him, the order was suspended after IPOB listened to pleas from well-meaning individuals and groups.

Emmanuel Kanu said a new date for the commencement of the sit-at-home order would be announced later.

However, IPOB’s spokesman, denied that the sit-at-home order was suspended, adding that the order will continue until its leader is released from the DSS detention.

But in a statement on Thursday, Emmanuel Kanu, who gave the counter order, said he (Kalunta) acted based on instructions from above.

He added that the family was not trying to hijack the leadership of the IPOB group when it spoke on the suspension of the sit-at-home order on Monday.

Emmanuel said IPOB would continue to be stronger to face the challenges ahead while wishing its leadership the wisdom to continue to pilot affairs.

He, however, apologised to those who felt offended, reiterating that he informed Kanu’s lead counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Head of the Directorate of State of IPOB, Chika Edoziem.

He said: “We the family of the detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, have noted with concern, mixed reactions that have trailed the counter-order by the family against the Monday, August 9’s planned sit-at-home order initially directed by IPOB.

“It must be understood that the action of the family was informed by the compelling need not to jeopardise the academic future of thousands of Biafran children sitting for the ongoing National Examination Council.

“Contrary to misconceptions in some quarters, the action of the family to counter the sit-at-home was not as a result of compromise or monetary inducement by the government.

“We felt it was necessary to safeguard the future of millions of Biafran children first, hence the counter order which was only a temporary suspension and not outright cancellation of the plan. We considered the decision very imperative in the overall interest of Biafra at that critical moment.

“We equally want to place it on record that the highest leadership of IPOB was privy to the decision of the family and the Directorate of State, DOS, was duly communicated by the lead counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

“It’s not the intention of the family to join issues with IPOB or other concerned Biafrans that have firmly stood behind our son in this struggle, but the Head of DOS, Chika Edoziem knows very well that he was communicated by the Lead Counsel before our decision was made public.

“We equally wish to put it on record that till date no South-East governor has contacted the family since our son was abducted and detained. It is possible the governors are still planning but none of them has reached us or even spoken with us let alone inducing us contrary to insinuations in some quarters.”

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