Nnamdi Kanu, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, has instructed a controversial Biafran agitator, Simon Ekpa, to stop issuing sit-in orders in the South-east.
Mr Ekpa was one of Mr Nnamdi Kanu’s lieutenants and claims to have taken over the leadership of IPOB when Mr Kanu was imprisoned.
In a handwritten letter to Mr Ekpa, Mr Nnamdi Kanu requested that the agitator make a public proclamation recognising receipt of the instruction from him.
In a statement accompanying the letter, Mr Ejimakor stated that Mr Kanu penned the letter on July 24 when he (Ejimakor) visited him at the State Security Service (SSS) facility.
According to the lawyer, the IPOB leader directed him to publish a press statement and make the letter public if Mr Ekpa did not proclaim the conclusion of the sit-in.
He claimed that after several unsuccessful efforts, he finally reached Mr Ekpa about 1:44 a.m. on July 25 and provided him a snapped copy of Mr Kanu’s “direct order” to halt all civil action in the region.
“He (Ekpa) thus acknowledged receipt (of the order), and we spoke briefly about it and exchanged a couple of text messages about it,” Mr Ejimakor explained.
Mr Kanu further directed Mr Ekpa in the letter to avoid antagonising governors and other political office holders in the region.
Mr Kanu’s exact words have been reproduced below:
“This is a direct command from me, Simon (Ekpa). I now direct you to stop calling for sit-at-homes in the future.
“I am directing you to issue a public announcement stating that you have received a direct order from me to cancel any pending or future sit-at-home orders at this time.”
“I started this movement to free our people, not enslave them.” I loathe and will continue to despise anyone or anything who seeks to inflict undue misery on our people.
“I have given Aloy (Ejimakor) permission to issue a press statement if you do not make this announcement on your platform.”
In response, Mr Ekpa called the letter “fake and a joke taken too far.”