Kanu claimed that Buhari gave the “Hausa, Fulani” soldiers’ order to assassinate him because he “strongly believe” and fight for the “liberation of Biafran people.”
Speaking through IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement issued on Tuesday, Kanu claimed that the Nigerian Army in a bid to perfect the assassination plot had attacked his convoy at “Ubakala junction on his way for an official assignment.”
The statement reads in part, “We the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the director Radio and Biafra television wish to bring to the attention of well-meaning Nigerians and the entire world that Nigeria Government led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari and his core Hausa fulani dominated jihadist army and Police in Nigerian uniforms have been drafted to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s house in Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia Abia State.
“The jihadist soldiers in Nigerian Army and Police uniforms surrounded our leader’s house today been 12th September 2017 with the instructions from Major General Muhammadu Buhari and those cabals in Aso Rock to assassinate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB members who strongly believe and fight in the struggle for the liberation of Biafran people.
“Right now, there is much tensions in Umuahia, the home town of Mazi Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigerian federal high in collaboration with the federal government of Nigeria led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari seized Kanu’s traveling documents because they wanted to kill him in Nigeria, this they have shown. But the killing of unarmed civilians in Biafranland including Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must not be accepted by Biafrans both home and in diaspora.
“The Nigerian soldiers drafted to Biafranland to assassinate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other members of IPOB mainly came from the core North of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebby, Gigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Kastina states. On 10th September been Sunday the Nigerian Army killed our members in Umuahia, yesterday been Monday 11th of September 2017 the jihadist soldiers in Nigerian Army uniform attacked Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s convoy at Ubakala junction on his way going for an official assignment. The Nigerian Army fired live bullets at his vehicle including his convoy.”
The statement said the Operation Python Dance exercise had turned the once peace region of South East into a dangerous zone".