From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, chided the Federal Government over what it described as desperate efforts to incriminate the group by all means possible.
Its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said IPOB under the command of Nnamdi Kanu is the most peaceful self-determination movement in the world right now, adding that as the children of light, devoted to the worship of the one true God (Chukwu Okike Abiama) in truth and in spirit, the group cannot dabble into any form of lawlessness or criminality.
Powerful insisted that the Nigerian military deliberately burnt down a police station in order to justify Operation Python Dance and to divert public attention away from its raid on Kanu’s home where no fewer than 28 people died, including his two cousins. The statement read in part: “We want to make it absolutely clear to all and sundry that IPOB does not condone and will never engage in any crime or violence, no matter the level of provocation by the barbaric Buhari regime. All spurious allegations spouted by Lai Mohammed to justify their barbarism are nothing more than pure lies, fabricated to give IPOB a bad name. The civilised world, of which Nigeria is demonstrably not one, must demand evidence from Lai Mohammed to corroborate these heinous lies against IPOB or else they must be seen and condemned for the liars they really are”.
“The faces of IPOB family members and well-wishers are on display during our rallies and peaceful protests ongoing now all over the world. It is the clearest signal yet that IPOB is not and can never be a terrorist organisation. The Nigerian government must know by now that they cannot win this fight against a determined and well-structured movements like IPOB that has global reach and connections.”
“The same way this Buhari regime accused our leader of a treasonable felony yet till date the prosecution is yet to open its case in a court of law. Going by the weight of the charges and accusation, cleverly packaged and sold to the media through APC friendly media houses, one would be forgiven for thinking that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is more dangerous than Al Baghdadi the ISIS leader. When the time came for Buhari to present his much taunted incriminating evidence in a court of law, they were found wanting, but instead, they chose to frustrate their own instituted legal proceedings through adjournment after adjournment for two years now.”
“Being mindful of the fact they were definitely going to lose in their own court, as they have no witness nor evidence to tender, the Nigerian government decided to conjure up operation Python Dance 2, in concert with efulefu Igbo governors, to provide a perfect cover for the Attorney General of the Federation and Buhari’s henchman, the latitude to amend existing charges once again, by forcing the reintroducing of the same charge of terrorism the courts threw out in previous rulings.”
“The essence of the genocidal Python Dance exercise was to legitimise the extrajudicial killing of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his family.
The Buhari regime has no interest in continuing the treason trial against our leader because they discovered to their horror that Hon. Justice Binta Nyako a Fulani woman and the presiding judge in the case flatly refused to compromise her stance or allow her conscience to be bought over. It was after they discovered the uprightness of Justice Nyako that Buhari decided, out of desperation, to unleash the genocidal Operation Python Dance and the preemptive military raid to kill Kanu in his home and scuttle the trial.”
“It is equally on record that since late 2015 when IPOB started its protests and rallies all over the world, neither the Nigerian Police nor any law enforcement agency in over 100 countries in the world where IPOB gather, can point to a single incident of the breakdown of law and order. Recorded incidents of lawlessness normally happen when soldiers converge on the venue of any such peaceful gathering and open fire on unarmed civilians. It is IPOB that are the victims of state lawlessness. We have at various times been visited with midnight abductions, torture, extrajudicial executions, humiliation and imprisonment without trial, all perpetrated by Buhari’s police and soldiers exclusively made up of Hausa Fulani Islamic fundamentalists.”
“IPOB would like to advise the Nigerian government, her security operatives, and their collaborators in the South East (the governors), to stop making a fool of themselves before the civilised world.
We are eagerly waiting for the next instalment in this series of cheap lies and propaganda against IPOB because all their concocted deceit cannot stand any rigorous scrutiny” the statement noted. (The Sun)