Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has warned the members of the movement to stop dragging their feet into the group decision making.
Ejiofor was reacting to a statement issued yesterday by the leadership of the IPOB, suspending the sit-at-home order, which the group had earlier declared every Monday in the South-East region to be a sit-at-home – until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu is released from the DSS custody.
The statement released on Friday, July 30th through its Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that the Monday lockdown would be tagged: “Ghost Monday.”
The statement said that “Ghost Monday,” which would affect all economic activities including schools and marketplaces, would continue every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
While the group had recorded a maximum compliance on the first Monday, August 9th – many have called for the suspension of the order, citing economic sabotage in the East where the people are majorly known for business.
Reacting to numerous call for the suspension of the order, IPOB through its leadership – announced for the suspension of the order yesterday. Since the statement was released, Barrister Ejiofor said members of the group has bombard his email and phone with messages trying to get clarification, thereby doubting the leadership of the group.
“I have observed with dismay, the avalanche of emails and messages from Umuchineke unanimously prodding for a clarification /confirmation on the highlights of the press statement issued by the leadership of our Client yesterday, suspending their Sit-at-home Order,” Ejiofor said in a statement released Saturday morning.
He said he cannot stop being shocked by the manifested lack of trust / disbelief expressed over the authenticity of the message.
According to him, “There is therefore, an urgent need that facts are put in their proper perpectives.
“We at the legal team are increasingly becoming embarrassed with the unfortunate manner in which some people, ostensibly moles, notorious for mischief, are deliberately dragging us into the decision making arm of the movement, a position which we never represent.
“Responsive listeners / followers should always be smart to decipher the language methodology messages are being conveyed by their leadership at every point in time. You people call it C. and C.
“Introducing insinuations, fundamentally unconnected with the intended motive only means you still have a long way to go.
“In times like this, people should do away with propaganda, gossip, mischief, campaign of calumny and pay attention to messsges from recognized source(s).
“For your information, if you are expecting me to write it, or answer your questions in black and white, perhaps in a manner that even my aged mother in the village will nod her head in appreciation of the content, then you are very far from getting it here.
“An Igbo proverb says “atuolu omalu, omalu mana atuolu ofeke ofeyi isi na ofia”.
“I believe these few words should aid you further in understanding the direction we are driving at.
“What Our Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and we in the legal team, essentially need in this moment of legal fireworks is your prayers and supplications, and not insults /disparaging remarks.
“We are under compelling obligation to be upright at all times, regularly update you people on things you need to hear from us regarding the happenings around Our Client.
“We have unblemishly managed IPOB briefs for over a decade, despite every intimidating odds / life threatening situation, without recording any form of compromise. How do you now think we can deviate at this critical moment? Please be properly guided.
“Sooner than may be expected, the God’s annointed, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will regain his freedom. God is working it out.
“However, all hands must be on deck to see us realize this uncommon feat, within the shortest time possible. Ise.
“Ka Chukwuokike Abiama mezie okwu nkea, ma goziekwa unu dum.