The Indigenous People of Biafra has debunked the report that Finland-based Simon Ekpa has taken over from the leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group in a statement released by Emma Powerful noted that Ekpa has not replaced Kanu.
Powerful, in the statement titled, ‘Simon Ekpa Appointed One of the Broadcasters on Radio Biafra Not Interim Leader – IPOB’, also stated that the Directorate of State (DOS) of the group is in charge of the affairs.
Ekpa had last week disclosed his new appointment as the broadcaster on his official Facebook page.
Ekpa said, “Our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi on this day, 8th of July 2021 directed that I, Simon Ekpa should start broadcasting from Radio Biafra with immediate effect.
“On this note, it is an honour, and at the same time, a call to service, a call to serve Biafra nation, and a call to serve lovers of freedom.
“This task, I will do with everything in me to see that we maintain the momentum and the legacy of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and IPOB.
Reacting on Monday in a statement, Powerful said, “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our indomitable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to confirm the directive by our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, that Mazi Simon Ekpa, an illustrious son of Biafra be included among the broadcasters on the Radio Biafra platform.
“We, therefore, wish to also debunk the fake information and falsehood making the rounds that Mazi Simon Ekpa had been appointed to take over Radio Biafra or the Interim Leader of IPOB. This deliberate misrepresentation of facts is the handwork of detractors and enemies of our struggle.
“Mazi Simon Ekpa is only one of the many broadcasters on Radio Biafra whose immense contributions to the struggle are recognised. Nobody has been appointed to take over from our leader because he will soon be out to continue with the liberation movement.
“We want to reiterate that IPOB is a united, formidable and well-structured family that even in the absence of our Leader the operations of our movement runs effortlessly on a well-established structure.
“The Directorate of State (DOS) is fully in charge of the affairs in IPOB worldwide and therefore no vacuum exists concerning the day to day running of this great movement.”
“We know that confusions and the enemies of our struggle are looking for an opportunity to instigate disaffection and create a crisis in IPOB, especially now that our leader is in detention but their plan is dead on arrival.
“We, therefore, wish to urge the wonderful IPOB family worldwide as well as the general public to disregard any other information to the contrary. Importantly too, any information purportedly coming from IPOB that does not pass through our normal channel of information dissemination should be disregarded.
“While various contributions of members of IPOB and other Biafrans towards our liberation at this critical moment of our struggle are appreciated, we wish to make it clear that responsibilities are given to people solely for the service of the Biafran people.
“Biafrans should rest assured that the leadership of this movement put together by our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will not allow anyone to sow seeds of confusion in the minds of our people.
“Biafrans must be at alert because the enemy is trying to play the same card they played in 2015 when Onyendu was in the custody of the Nigerian government. The IPOB worldwide family defeated them then and we shall also defeat them together with their co-travellers this time around.
“We urge all Biafrans to continue to maintain absolute discipline and remain resolute in our march towards the restoration of our Nation Biafra. The night is far spent and the morning is almost here. We are already at the threshold of our independence. We can’t be distracted and we can not lose focus at this moment,” Powerful added.