By Ese Awhotu with agency report
Radio Biafra has directed members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra, IPOB to vote in the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 18.
This is according to a broadcast by the Radio Biafra from 6am to 7am yesterday on 7240 KHZ, 41 meter-band, short wave, monitored in Abuja.
Radio Biafra announced the dismissal of Comrade Emma Powerful as the spokesman of IPOB, alleging that he was one of the custodians of Mazi Kanu’s ill-gotten wealth as he allegedly joined him in misappropriating IPOB money.
Emma Powerful was also accused of refusing to speak up for the release of those who were detained with Nnamdi Kanu and who are still in detention though Kanus has been released; Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are still in prison.
According to the announcement, “These are our brothers who were arrested at the same time with Kanu and they should not be forgotten. We hereby demand their release. Neither Emma Powerful nor Kanu, since his release, has spoken about them or appealed for the release of these our freedom fighters”, said the announcement.
Radio Biafra also announced that “IPOB has never been a violent organization as the international community will never support any violent organization in its bid to actualize its dreams, no matter how compelling its case could be.
“Once an organization begins to embrace violence, it will be labeled a terrorist organization. The era of threats, hate speeches, incitements, violence and intimidation, abuse and hooliganism are gone with the past and corrupt leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu.”
Reports said that Radio Biafra directed all IPOB members world-wide to listen to tune in every morning on “7240 KHZ, 41 meter-band, short wave and at 9 PM on 11530 KHZ on 25 meter band. They can also listen to Radio Biafra on tunein.com, streamer.com, radio garden and other similar services that are available, on smartphones and computers, the announcement said.
The broadcast directed IPOB members to go and participate in Anambra election and cast their vote for any candidate of their choice, saying “It’s your civic responsibilities to exercise your franchise, and IPOB has no candidate in the election.
“Kanu and his cohorts including Uche Mefor and Emma Powerful cannot continue to feed fat on the blood of young innocent men in a misdirected and infantile adventure. We have ideological clarity and methodology in our struggle. Radio Biafra is back and alive and as we say failure to heed to IPOB directives has its consequences and Comrade Emma Powerful should know this. A word is enough for the wise.”
So far, the radio has remained on air and has been dishing out its messages in both English and Igbo twice daily since Sunday November 12. So far too, the Directorship of the Radio Biafra and the new IPOB leadership appears not to have been challenged at all; instead, the new IPOB leader, Mazi Ezenwachukwu Sampson Okwudili seems to be consolidating his hold on IPOB.