The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Australia has charged all members of the group to boycott traveling with Kenya Airways.
Empiregist News gathered that the Head of membership and mobilisation of the group in Australia, Kennedy Ochi, in a statement this weekend, also asked members to stop patronising made-in-Kenya products, and all businesses involving with Kenyans.
According to Ochi, IPOB’s decision was coming on the heels of what the pro-Biafra group describes as “betrayal”, which allegedly led to the re-arrest and repatriation of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Furthermore, the statement condemned what it labeled ‘criminal, illegal, and undemocratic secret abduction’ of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria.
IPOB Australia posited that the repatriation of Kanu from Kenya was a breach of international law, shameful and misplaced priority by the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with Kenyan government.
“Our leader was arrested, repatriated back to a country he does not possess its passport.
“It is our wish to notify the public that President Kenyatta Uhuru of Kenya has a question to answer on the role he played in the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He betrayed our leader and must be held fully accountable for his atrocities.
“This is pure man’s inhumanity to man and he will tell all Biafrans how much he was paid to partake in this devilish act.
“We IPOB in Australia support the leadership of IPOB worldwide and our able Directorate of States (Chika Edoziem) and the head of our Media and Publicity (Emma Powerful) to categorically state that all IPOB members both home and abroad should boycott traveling by Kenya Air Line; stop patronising any product made in Kenya and all businesses dealing with Kenyans, following their country’s betrayal. The battle line is drawn.
“Our question to the Nigerian government is will the abduction of our leader solve the continuous marginalisation of southeasterners from the current political structure in Nigeria?
“Will his kidnap end the continuous killing, maiming, pillaging, and havoc currently being caused by the terrorist herdsman killing our people, will it also end kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria today?
“If the present government of Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria can answer the aforementioned questions listed correctly then, we will be ready to stop our agitation.
“It is a welcome development from the Department of State Security Service out of their own conscience to finally granted our lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor access to meet our leader after the first appeal was denied on last Tuesday.
“The outcome of this meeting will surely expose a lot of things and the whole world will be briefed in due course after the meeting.
“We want to state that nothing should happen to our leader while in custody. He should be well treated with dignity and respect.
“He deserves a fair hearing as he faces trial and deserves justice as well.
“We want to encourage all Biafrans all over the world to be strong and brace up at this very challenging moment in the history of our march to freedom. With God on our side, Victory is assured.”
IPOB is a proscribed Biafran separatist organization in Nigeria established by Kanu in 2012. Its main aim is to restore an independent state of Biafra in the South East of Nigeria. IPOB says it wants the restoration of Biafra through an independence referendum.