Why we countered IPOB’s sit-at-home order – Nnamdi Kanu’s family

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu


The family of the detained leader of the Independent Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday explained why it countered a directive by some officials of the group for the South-East to be shut down every Monday till his trial ends.

The directive had led to skirmishes, loss of lives and destruction of properties by unidentified hoodlums across the region.

However, the Kanu family had prior to the last observance urged Ndigbo to disregard the directive.

The brother of the leader of IPOB, Emmanuel Kanu, in defending his elder brother Kanunta, who gave the counter order, said he (Kalunta) acted based on instructions from above.

“There was an instruction passed to Chika Edoziem in charge of the Directorate of State (DOS) through IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejimofor concerning the sit-at-home order that it should be suspended for reasons meant to be beneficial to our people.


“We’re yet to know why Edoziem could not carry out the instruction. Why did he not do it? In fact, it was that which he couldn’t do that Kanunta did”.

He said the family is grateful to what the leadership of IPOB is doing since the arrest of the leader but called for more understanding and circumspect in handling certain issues.

He said the family’s position on the sit-at-home order doesn’t translate to abandoning one of IPOB’s strategies in actualising the struggle but a way of giving Biafrans sense of belonging.

“We felt by the attempt to adjust the sit-at-home order, the family was not undermining IPOB ideals but trying not to play our already marginalised people especially our children into the hands of our enemy, we needed to give them sense of belonging, particularly our children taking exams.


“The struggle is a collective one and we appreciate what everybody is doing to make Biafra a success,” adding it is always helpful for all to work according to instructions.