IPOB SACKS NNAMDI KANU OVER DOG ISSUES

Olisa Mbakwe, one of the leaders of the proscribed Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB), says Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group,
has been sacked.

According to Mbakwe, the sack was as a result of the Sunday
broadcast credited to Kanu, which he said was a clear indication
that Kanu prefers his dog, Jack, to those murdered in the
struggle for the realisation of Biafra.

During a broadcast aired on Sunday from his base in Israel,
Kanu mourned his dog and "a few other people" in his
compound, who lost their lives when troops of Operation Python
Dance invaded his residence in September 2017.

"The Army of the zoo killed my dog Jack and a few other people
in my compound. I am sorry for what my sureties are passing
through, but I want to assure them that they will have a special
place in Biafra. I shall not be honouring the court," the IPOB
leader had said in his broadcast.
However, the group said Kanu was an "insensitive and callous
leader that has no value for his own followers but rather his dog,
Jack whom he paid tributes to after his long disappearance from
the struggle".

They also referred to him as a "traitor not worthy of any
leadership position anywhere in the world".

The international media arm of the proscribed group had
announced Kanu's sack in 2017, noting that he was "dismissed
and removed as Director of Radio Biafra following extensive and
intensive consultations".

The group said the reasons for which
Kanu was removed include "personalisation of the Biafran
struggle and derailing from the core objectives of IPOB as a
grassroots movement".

Meanwhile, a statement
by Olisa Mbakwe, Director of Strategy
and Documentation of IPOB, obtained by SaharaReporters on
Monday, read: "On Sunday, October 21, 2018, an individual,
Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, claiming to be the leader of
the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director General of
Radio Biafra made a live broadcast that has left us perplexed,
because it is unthinkable that someone will impersonate IPOB to
the point of plotting to abuse the organization to hurt the interest
of Biafra.

"The strength of the Republic of Biafra that we are struggling to
actualize, is in its human resources as embodied in our versatile
youths that dominate the fields of play across sectors of human
endeavor; the country we have set our vision on creating is
therefore not to be made up of tombstones but of people
fulfilling their life missions as ordained by God.

"Nnamdi Kanu relinquished his position as the leader of IPOB
struggle the day he deserted our members to die, when they had
mobilized to stand for our belief in Biafra at his residence in
Afaraukwu. Several of our members were injured and some died
in that encounter and even after emerging from hiding more
than one year later all Kanu could do was to desecrate their
memory with his radio broadcast. Nnamdi Kanu vividly,
specifically and particularly recalled his family dog, Jack, by
name while he dismissed our members that died as mere
statistics — he only recalled them as 28 IPOB members.

"Even if Kanu had not deserted, there is no way we would have
continued under the leadership of a man that values his family
dog more than Biafrans.
"We are not unmindful of how Kanu struck the deal that granted
him bail in the first place while abandoning our members,
Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi, Bright Chimezie
Ishinwa and Chidiebere Onwudiwe to languish in jail. Instead of
using his freedom to accelerate the freedom of these authentic
freedom fighters, he rather went about Biafra land receiving
obeisance from Biafrans like a monarch, when our dear land is
completely republican. The travails of these our brothers are not
over yet and might have been worsened by Kanu's live
broadcast, which has totally upset us.

"In line with the decisions earlier announced on Radio Biafra on
November 17, 2017 that Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson
Okwudili is the new director for the radio, we reaffirm that Mazi
Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu remains sacked as the Director of
Radio Biafra and has also been removed as the leader of IPOB
since he has proven he is not a worthy leader that respects the
sanctity of the lives of our members.
"Following interventions by our leaders, considerations were
being made to reverse the earlier announcement but after
studying the Kanu's live broadcast from Israel we came to the
painful conclusion that we cannot make progress with our
vision of Biafra, when one man has completely personalized and
commercialized the struggle. The decision to drop Nnamdi Kanu
from playing leading roles in IPOB affairs is hereby upheld. We
shall announce replacements after consultations with the
various stakeholders."

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