leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has
finally released a statement since the Tuesday, September 12, siege laid
at his residence by troops of the Nigerian military.
in a statement personally signed by him said prominent leaders and
group have before now urged him to tow the line of peaceful dialogue
with governors from the south eastern region of the country.
said he already conceded to the request from the prominent leaders
which led to the August 30, meeting with governor of the South East
Governors’ Forum at the Government House in Enugu.
said, however, in view of the effort of the federal government through
the military to oppress him and members of the group especially on the
ongoing peaceful dialogue with the governors, he will not be attending
this Friday’s meeting with the forum.
reasons for his decision, Kanu said he will be busy attending funerals
of members of the IPOB allegedly killed by military operatives.
He also said he has been reliably informed that some soldiers have being stationed along Enugu Expressway to assassinate him.
however commended the steadfast and total commitment of all members of
the IPOB while assuring the group that he remains resolute in his
agitation for the freedom of Biafra.
statement reads: “Before now, prominent leaders and groups had insisted
that I tow the line of peaceful dialogue and meet with the governors to
find a lasting solution to our grievances.
conceded to that request which led to the 30th of August 2017 meeting
with the South-East Governors Forum at the Government House in Enugu, in
the company of the very eminent Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Evangelist
view of the concerted effort by the oppressive Nigerian state to
shatter the peace and tranquility of the South-East and the rest of
Biafraland through military intimidation, it has become necessary for me
to clarify why, regrettably, I may not be able to attend Friday’s
meeting with the South-East governors as earlier agreed, for three main
We are currently busy attending to our dead and injured from this
latest round of unprovoked military onslaught against innocent civilians
in our own land. All the casualties so far were shot by men of the
Nigerian Army deployed to my house and those stationed along motor ways
leading into Umuahia my hometown.
I have been reliably informed also, that a detachment of this same
soldiers responsible for the murder of innocent unarmed IPOB family
members have now been stationed near Enugu to ambush and assassinate me
on my way to the meeting with the governors on Friday.
On that same Friday the 15th of September 2017, the leadership of IPOB
through the instrumentality of the Directorate of State (DOS)
headquartered in Germany, will be meeting to vote on the viability or
otherwise of continuing our struggle in this non-violent manner. There
is urgent need to begin the process of defending ourselves in the face
of relentless murderous attacks from the Nigerian state.
is impossible to engage in any meaningful conversation with the
governors in the midst of so much bloodshed, abductions and military
siege of our town and villages.
we will not engage in any meeting with anybody until the atmosphere is
conducive and peaceful enough to allow for such.
siren-blaring military convoys and armoured vehicles occupying the
entire region is not only designed to intimidate our people but also
deliberately primed to scuttle the IPOB/South-East governors meeting of
Friday 15th September.
would like to use this opportunity to thank all men and women of good
conscience from all over the world that have risen to condemn the
barbaric slaughter of innocent Biafrans by the Nigerian military.
all, I salute the steadfastness, devotion and total commitment to
freedom from eternal slavery by the great IPOB family in Biafraland.
assure you that I remain resolute and dedicated to our shared vision of
freedom regardless of the cost and visionless antics of the mindless
have since crossed the Red Sea and arrived at the shores of the
promised land. We have our trumpets ready to begin the great march
around the evil walls of Jericho, and I assure you that in no distant
time, the walls of Jericho will come crashing down.
can still hear the cries of Pharaoh and his horsemen as they are
swallowed up by the Red Sea, chariots and all. Victory is ours! Victory
Collaborators and agents of the oppressor are hereby advised to embark on self exile as there will be no hiding place for them.