The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned social media platform, Facebook, for blocking the page of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, after his live broadcast on Tuesday night.
In a statement yesterday, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, described the action as too petty for a global social media giant like Facebook to allow itself to be used by agents of oppression in Nigeria to suppress the truth.
According to him, “such unconscionable and reprehensible attitude” amounts to partnering with perpetrators of human rights abuses and other criminal activities masterminded by the Nigerian state against innocent citizens.
He also condemned the attitude of Facebook managers in Lagos and Abuja, saying they were colluding with corrupt Nigerian government officials to suppress free flow of information via the platform.
IPOB urged its teeming global audience to follow Kanu’s live broadcasts via its numerous other platforms. Powerful said: “Our leader can be followed through many other platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, IPOB Community Radio App, Radio Biafra App, Satellite and FM.
“May we, therefore, remind all those compromised local staff of Facebook in Lagos and Abuja that, but for Kanu and IPOB, their families in their communities would have today been overrun by herdsmen and terrorists. An accomplice to a cruel man will surely get the reward of cruelty!”
He alleged that the Federal Government and its foot soldiers have continued to subjugate indigenous nations in the country with the intent for conquest.
“These foot soldiers daily unleash all sorts of mayhem on the innocent and hapless indigenous peoples while the Federal Government. Vampires masquerading as herdsmen have forcibly seized our forests and converted our farms to grazing fields for their cattle. They have equally turned our ancestral lands to slaughterhouses where they kill with impunity, in the most dehumanising manners, innocent locals going about their legitimate businesses.
Powerful stated that IPOB’s message to Facebook was simple: no matter how hard anyone tries to suppress the truth being preached by its leader, the struggle for Biafra liberation could not be slowed down.
“On the contrary, our efforts will be intensified because Biafra restoration is a divine mandate that must be accomplished in this era. We are very resolute in our resolve to restore Biafra and will not be deterred. If you like, block all Biafran activists on your platform, we shall keep pushing on until Biafra is fully restored,” he added.
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