The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have cancelled their earlier announced sit-at-home order with immediate effect.
The proscribed Group said they reached the conclusion after consulting with elders and others on what is best for the Easterners.
According to Emma Powerful, the Group’s PRO, the cecessionists have no interest in disrupting the November 6 gubernatorial elections in Anambra, but are only concerned with a referendum.
While stating that people should come out and vote their preferred candidate, the Group maintained that they took note of the hardship the sit-at-home would have caused the masses due to the suspension of economic and social activities.
The spokesperson said in the statement, “Following the genuine intervention of our elders, esteemed traditional institutions/rulers and religious leaders, and after due consideration of the positive impacts of their engagement, and sequel to the fact that our elders have spoken in our terms, the Leadership of IPOB ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu hereby and immediately call off the one-week sit-at-home earlier declared to commence tomorrow, November 5 to November 10, 2021.
“We have equally considered several appeals by our mothers who earn their living based on their daily economic activities which will obviously be affected if Biafraland is locked down for one whole week. It’s never our intention to add to the pains of our people, hence our decision to suspend the sit-at-home.
“IPOB leadership is only interested in our referendum and peaceful agitation for self determination, and can not by under any guise be seen to be interfering with any electoral process.”
“The people of Anambra State should go out en masse and peacefully exercise their franchise come 6th November 2021 and accordingly, choose a leader of their choice and should not be intimidated by anybody, group of persons or security agents.
“Anambrarians should vote and standby to protect their votes. No rigging of any kind will be tolerated on the Anambra State governorship election. It must be transparent, free and fair to all,” the statement added.