The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday ordered that all Sit-At-Home, including the Monday Sit-At-Home and other proposed Sit-at-Home be ended.
In a Special Public Announcement addressed to “The General Public and Media Institutions”, through his Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor and titled, “Direct Order: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu hereby ends all Sit-At-Home including the Monday Sit-At-Home and another proposed Sit-at-Home”, the order read:
“This Public Announcement bears (as shall be reproduced below) the unedited, verbatim Instructions containing a Direct Order personally issued by MAZI NNAMDI KANU in his own handwriting on 24th July, 2023 through me to MAZI SIMON EKPA, instructing him to ‘desist from calling for any Sit-at-Home henceforth’ and ‘to make a public announcement to the effect that he (Mazi Simon Ekpa) is in receipt of a direct order from him (Mazi Nnamdi Kanu) to cancel any pending Sit-at-Home in place at the moment’ and also that he (Mazi Nnamdi KAnu) has, by the same order, ‘authorized me to issue a press statement if he (Mazi Simon Ekpa) fails to make this announcement on his platform’.
“For avoidance of doubt, this Direct Order was personally handed to me by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu when I visited him on the said 24th July, 2023 at the headquarters of the Department of State Security (DSS), Abuja. Later that day, | tried to contact Mazi Simon Ekpa via his WhatsApp number but could not reach him until 1:44AM the following day (25th July, 2023), whereupon | snapped the Direct Order as written and sent to him. He thereafter acknowledged receipt and we spoke briefly on it and exchanged a couple text messages thereof.
“Since that early 25th July, 2023 (when | conveyed the Order to Mazi EKPA and he duly acknowledged it, he has not implemented the Order or otherwise made such announcement on his media platform. Nonetheless, | made a conscious decision to give him the benefit of doubt and thereby accord him more time to do the needful.
“Then, late yesterday, further written Instructions was issued by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to me, referring to the extant Direct Order to Mazi Ekpa and, in addition, instructing me that given that Mazi Ekpa has not carried out the Order, | must, as of today, being 28th July 2023, proceed to make the Order public through a Public Announcement/Press Statement. In the said further instructions, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu added more pertinent details and instructed that | must equally make them public.
“Accordingly, and as of Counsel, bound by duty and the solemn oath of my noble profession to faithfully and zealously implement my Client’s clear Instructions without any fear or favor, | now therefore reproduce verbatim the contents of said Direct Order to Mazi Simon Ekpa (at the first Paragraph) and the related further Instructions (from the second Paragraph to the end), as follows:
“Simon. This is a direct order from me. I hereby instruct you to desist from calling for any Sit-at-Home henceforth. Equally refrain from antagonizing Governors or persons in political positions because you are not in a position to know what they are doing on my behalf. I am ordering you to make a public announcement to the effect that you are in receipt of a direct order from me to cancel any pending Sitat-Home in place at the moment. | embarked on this movement to liberate our peopk not to enslave them. | despise and will despise any person or entity that wishes to inflict unnecessary hardship on our people. | have authorized Aloy to issue a press statement if you fail to make this announcement on your platform.
“Anybody still engaging in Sit-at-Home is not my disciple. Haters of Biafra and mindless murderers in uniform are hiding under the cover of combating enforcers of Sit-at-Home to unleash mayhem against the same people we swore to defend.
“I have sent countless messages to those purportedly enforcing Sit-at-Home that they are not doing so in my name. I am not begging anybody to release me just that Nigeria should have the decency to obey their own laws’,” the letter read in parts.