The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has described the suspension of the Politics Today show on Channels Television by the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, as a calculated attempt to suppress the press and block outside world access to atrocities against indigenous peoples in Nigeria.
The group also insisted the action was meant to gag and intimidate the press into total submission.
In a statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB explained the move simply confirmed its long-standing position that Nigeria was under a tyrant whose mission is to actualise total Islamisation and Fulani conquest of the country.
It assured the Federal Government of its inability to suppress the truth as far as the group was concerned, insisting that it would always put the records straight “because the facts will always speak for itself.”
The statement reads: “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been drawn to the recent pronouncement by the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, they have suspended and fined Channels Television for conducting a live and uncensored telephone interview with our Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful on their prime time news show.
“This irrational, draconian, and hypocritical action of the Federal Government through its agency the NBC has simply confirmed our long-standing position that Nigeria is currently under a tyrant whose mission is to actualise total Islamisation and Fulani conquest of the country.
‘’We are not surprised but along with all good men and women of conscience, we strongly condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this wicked and undemocratic action.
“How many times has the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gunmi met with Fulani terrorists and Fulani bandits and the outcome of their parley aired on national televisions without NBC bathing an eyelid?
‘’How many times has the Boko Haram leader, Shekau’s message and threats been aired uncensored on national television without NBC imposing any sanctions on NTA?
“We have always said it that Nigeria and its security agencies lose sleep when a matter has to do with IPOB and Biafra. Nigeria has not sanctioned her Minister of Communications, a known terror apologist and staunch supporter of mass murderers yet she is using state instruments of intimidation against an innocent media house for interviewing a spokesperson of a persecuted people.
“Why is Nigeria always afraid of the truth? After spreading blatant falsehood about how it murdered Ikonso the Imo State Commander of Eastern Security Network, ESN, IPOB was contacted to put the records straight, after which all hell broke loose at NBC.
“That Aso Rock viciously and wickedly turned against their long-term buddy, Channels Television, tells you all you need to know about Fulani Janjaweedism. It confirms that you can’t be friends with this bunch of hardened terrorists in power in Nigeria.
“Nigerian media initially failed to investigate and report the accurate information about the death of Commander Ikonso and those with him. Sections of the media only peddled lies and fake news dished out by the same security agencies that murdered Ikonso in his sleep.
“The bitter truth the Nigerian Government didn’t want people to hear, which IPOB disclosed at the said interview, was that Ikonso was murdered in his father’s house, not in any imaginary ESN camp or battlefield as the liars would hope to have us believe.
“The same Army, Police, and DSS in Imo State that never for one day arrested or prosecuted any Fulani terror herdsman ravaging Imo State before the coming of Ikonso; the same Nigerian security agents that have always provided cover for terrorists and bandits, had the guts to ambush and kill the only man that drove Fulani terrorist herdsmen out of Imo State.
It added: “The action of NBC against Channels Television is only meant to gag and intimidate the press into total submission. It’s part of the calculated attempt towards suppressing the press and blocking the outside world access to atrocities being perpetrated against indigenous peoples in Nigeria.
“This is how they hurriedly and unjustifiably proscribed IPOB and tagged its innocent members terrorists without according the movement the right of defense in a law court. Nigeria is a country where injustice, hypocrisy, and falsehood hold sway.
“The same security operatives that cannot withstand bandits and terrorists are zealously hunting down and killing IPOB members and supporters. While they are busy searching for innocent freedom fighters, the real terrorists are busy taking over Northern communities without any resistance.”