Nnamdi Kanu’s prosecution making us stronger, IPOB replies Presidency

Nnamdi Kanu IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has countered the Presidency over its statement that the prosecution of the group’s leader Nnamdi Kanu would end its agitation for secession.

IPOB’s spokesman Emma Powerful said in a statement on Tuesday that the prosecution of its leader would only destabilise Nigeria.

“We are surprised at the level of cluelessness and ignorance displayed by Garba Shehu about the operations of IPOB. We, therefore, want to assure him and his co-travellers that extraordinary rendition of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will rather destroy Nigeria and not IPOB. By kidnapping and renditioning Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Nigeria has committed international crime and must not go unpunished.

“The world doesn’t need any further proof that IPOB is a peaceful movement. The kidnap of its Leader by Nigerian Government is a crime that must be punished. So, by this singular violation of international law, Nigeria is in already, but instead of admitting the obvious, its officials are busy playing to the gallery.

“But very soon, the masterminds of this heinous crime will be rounded up and handed over to the international criminal court, ICC, for prosecution. IPOB is not a push-over movement, and we cannot be intimidated. Just very soon, our oppressors will be taught by ICC in the language they understand,” the statement read.

Emma Powerful asked the Federal Government to stop the “media trial” of its leader, adding that the president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu; national security adviser, Babagana Monguno; attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami; and the National Intelligence Agency were ignorant of international law.

A committee set up by the Federal Government recently accused Kanu of being responsible for violent attacks against the police and government establishments, high-profile killings in the south-east and #EndSARS protest.