IPOB has told the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to be prepared to shoot and kill as many people as possible.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, stated this in reaction to threats issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami that the secessionist group should stay away from the court in a Abuja where its leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s trial is scheduled to begin on Monday (tomorrow).
The Minister also warned against display of branded IPOB T-shirts or caps around the court premises.
The proscribed group vowed that no amount of threats can stop its members and other Biafrans from flooding the court.
Nnamdi Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya was extradited to Nigeria a few weeks ago and kept in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“The federal government of Nigeria has no right to stop IPOB or Biafrans from coming to Abuja to witness the court proceedings or to show solidarity to our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Nigeria government cannot beat a child and force him or her not to cry. IPOB has every right to be in court on that day,” Emma Powerful said.
He also opined that the Federal Government has forgotten that the agitations is not about Nnamdi Kanu but about the Biafran cause, noting that it is now a mass movement.
“The truth is that not just IPOB members but thousands of Biafrans and their sympathizers will flood Abuja on Monday to show solidarity to our leader, Nnamdi Kanu. He is only a freedom fighter and Nigeria cannot stop people from identifying with him.
“So, if they want to shoot or kill people they should prepare very well because they will have enough to kill or arrest.
“We are not afraid and can’t be afraid at this point of our journey when our freedom is at the threshold. We can’t abandon our leader.
“The only thing is that we shall be very civil, organized and peaceful but we can’t be cowed. The world will see how they kill innocent citizens that day in Abuja,” he added.