Leader of the Independent Peoples of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has ordered the group to suspend the weekly sit-at-home order restricting movement and activities across the South-East every Monday.
The restriction of movement began on August 9, 3021 and led to loss of lives and property as well as major financial setbacks for the people.
The sit-at-home was meant to drive home their protest against the abduction of their leader from Kenya by Nigerian security agents.
Kanu’s brothers had last week tried to get IPOB to suspend the restriction bit some hotheads in the group insisted on going ahead.
On Monday August 9, suspected IPOB elements burnt two buses belonging to Libra Transport in Mbaise Imo State.
Two naval ratings and two Okada riders also killed in Nnewi, Anambra State.
All the National Examinations Council candidates for the Mathematics examination could sit for it due to the unrest.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, inva statement confirmed the order from Kanu.
He said: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) understands the concern being expressed by the global IPOB family on the suspension of the weekly Sit-At-Home earlier announced by the IPOB Head of Directorate of State of the Indigenous people of Biafra.
“We know that our people embraced this civil action wholeheartedly and without any compulsion.
“The leadership sincerely appreciate the innate desire of Biafrans to sacrifice their time, resources and energy in ensuring that our leader Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally from the illegal custody of the Nigerian State who criminally renditioned him from Kenya to Nigeria.
“The suspension of the sit-at-home by the IPOB Head of Directorate was as a result of a direct order from the leader of this great movement Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that one of the major fundamental guiding principles of IPOB is Command and Control.
“This simply means that all commands from the Supreme leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) will be obeyed and implemented to the latter by the Directorate of State of the Indigenous people of Biafra.
“Bearing in mind therefore that this principle has enabled this movement to surpass even the expectations of both Biafrans and Non-Biafrans alike, the leadership wish to encourage Biafran to focus on the most pressing issue confronting this great family presently which is ensuring the safety of our leader while still in the illegal custody of the DSS and to secure his unconditional release from detention.
“The lPOB leadership urge Biafrans worldwide to take note of the next court appearance of our leader which is the 21st of October 2021.
“If however, we have any reason or directive from the IPOB highest command that requires us to reactivate the suspended weekly sit-at-home, the leadership will not hesitate to lift the suspension and continue with our civil action’.
“The leadership once more appreciate all Biafrans and our friends and sympathizers who faithfully observed the Monday, August 9 Sit-At-Home which was a huge success throughout Biafra land. May God continue to bless and uphold all those committed to our struggle”.
“We consider Biafra restoration as a sacrosanct call to duty above all else. Any other information regarding Sit-At-Home in Biafraland not emanating from IPOB through our main channels of information dissemination should be disregarded”. The statement reads.