The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described as "loathsome and distasteful" the silence of the governors of South-East and South-South regions over its leader, Nnamdi Kanu's continued detention by the Nigerian government.
The group stated that the governors' attitude justified its position that they were complicit in the extraordinary rendition of the separatist leader orchestrated by the governments of Nigeria and Kenya.
It, however, commended National Assembly members from the South-East, who regardless of their party affiliations, constituted a panel on Wednesday to look into Kanu's travails and insecurity in the region.
This disclosure was made in a statement by the group's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, obtained by SaharaReporters on Friday.
The statement reads in part, “We the global family of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by Nnamdi Kanu find loathsome and distasteful, the complacent attitude of South-East and South-South governors and religious leaders over the fate of our leader following his abduction and extra-ordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria.
“It's baffling that since June 19 that Kanu was abducted in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria in clear violation of international laws, the South-East and South-South governors and religious leaders are yet to openly condemn the act or take any action to register their displeasure with the impunity of the federal government of Nigeria.
“This criminal silence strongly confirms our earlier understanding and fears that these hypocritical leaders and traitors may be part of our leader's ordeals. While leaders from other zones are courageously speaking up for their own, governors and religious leaders from South-East and South-South have kept mute for reasons best known to them.
“Sheikh Ahmad Gumi and Fulani governors in the North have never hidden their support for bandits’ killer herdsmen who they have consistently advocated amnesty for but religious leaders from Biafraland are sore afraid to talk of the release of Nnamdi Kanu who committed no crime but asked for the freedom of his people including these leaders and their families.
"We are watching and keeping records. When the chips are down we will know who is who," the statement read further.