The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has announced Mazi Chika Edoziem as the replacement for its leader, Nnamdi Kanu pending the time he would be released.
The spokesman of the group, Emma Powerful, in a statement released on Monday said Edoziem would relinquish the leadership role to Kanu when he is released.
Kanu is currently been held in the facility of the Department of State Services (DSS) after being arrested in Kenya and brought by Nigeria.
The statement reads, “We the global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wish to reiterate once again to Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom across the globe that IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu has not set up any Government In Exile (GIE).
“We, therefore, dissociate ourselves completely from the purported government in exile.
“IPOB has legitimate and well-established Institutions and a well-structured administrative hierarchy that oversees the day-to-day running of Biafra affairs.
“Already, all diplomatic missions and countries of the world know about the Biafra agitation and they communicate with IPOB as the responsible authority that oversees the affairs of the Biafran people, be it nationally or internationally.”
IPOB announced Edoziem as the interim leader of the group on Sunday and denied forming any government in exile, asking the public to disregard such information, describing it as fake news.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (DOS) headed by Mazi Chika Edoziem is at the helm of affairs of the Biafra movement. Whenever our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu comes out, he hands over the IPOB structure back to him.
“The DOS gives letters to our people for asylum and every government in the world accepts them and grants asylum to such asylum seekers, and they communicate with IPOB. There is no other government more than that.”