The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) said all supporters of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu will be happy when he eventually regains freedom from the Department of State Services (DSS) that has detained him since June.
The group also said it has nothing to say about the visit of some Igbo leaders to Aso Villa to beg President Muhammadu Buhari for the unconditional release of its leader.
IPOB revealed these through its spokesman, Emma Powerful during an interview with Vanguard on Saturday.
“We don't have any position on that. We are waiting for the unconditional release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu because he committed nothing to deserve his current ordeals and inhuman treatments.
“IPOB members and indeed Biafrans and friends of Biafra will be happy and thank our God, Chukwu Okike Abiama (when Nnamdi Kanu regains freedom).”
Speaking on some people still enforcing sit-at-home, Powerful said, “We have issued warnings to those enforcing sit at home and also warned those attacking and snatching vehicles from our people in the name of unknown gunmen. IPOB will never allow them have breathing space to humiliate and intimidate our people because IPOB is a peaceful movement and our sole purpose is to achieve Biafra freedom, not intimidate our people.
“We know that the Department of State Services, DSS is the one creating different groups to demonise IPOB but they don't know how IPOB Movement is structured. For 100 years to come, IPOB will remain a puzzle to them. Those creating different Facebook accounts distracting IPOB leadership don't know how IPOB operates and should not think that they can destroy the movement or the leadership.
“Monday sit-at-homes have been suspended long ago. The suspension was based on compelling need not to compound the woes of our people.”
When asked whether the group would relinquish its agitation for Biafra if the Nigerian government decides to restructure Nigeria, he said, “ Nigerian government must bear one thing in mind; IPOB is not fighting (for) restructuring. We are not against restructuring but our demand is not restructuring. Our demand is the restoration of Biafra State. All we need is a date for a referendum to decide whether or not we want to continue with this forced marriage.
“Those who think Nigeria is ready for restructuring may have to think again. Those benefiting from the current lopsidedness have made restructuring impossible. They are unlikely to heed the clamour for restructuring.
“But for us, the only thing that can make us slow down a little is the government giving us a date for a referendum. Restoration of the sovereign State of Biafra is a divine mandate. Our eternal leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu told them to restructure Nigeria, they said no and killed millions of Biafrans in the war. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB did not come on board to demand restructuring; we are for total freedom and independence.”
Ipob spokesman also spoke on the Anambra governorship election where the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof Chukwuma Soludo emerged the winner.
“What happened in Anambra State during governorship elections is what to call masterstrokes to those evil politicians who wanted to take over Anambra State Government house by all means. By the time we frustrated their evil plots, they did not have time again to apply plan B.
"If we did not suspend that five days sit at home the desperadoes who wanted to enslave Anambra at all cost would have taken over the state,” Powerful added.