The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced the removal of Mazi Simon Ekpa as the anchorman of Radio Biafra.
In a statement titled “Why Mazi Simon Ekpa may not continue as broadcaster on Radio Biafra – IPOB”, the Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful explained that Mazi Ekpa “doesn’t want to follow the laid down rules of operation in Radio Biafra.”
Comrade Powerful further explained that IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu gave the directive while in detention but Mazi Simon Ekpa has refused to follow the principles.
He said: “Mazi Simon Ekpa has refused to sign the rules of engagement and code of conduct guiding those broadcasting on Radio Biafra.
“We don’t understand why Mazi Ekpa would not like to follow the steps of other broadcasters on the platform who have since done the needful.
“IPOB is a big movement, and cannot just change the rules because of one individual as this may set a bad precedence.
“Mazi Simon Ekpa is hardworking Biafran whose immense contributions towards the restoration of Biafra are highly appreciated.
“But for not signing the code of conduct as a broadcaster on Radio Biafra, he may not continue to have the opportunity of broadcasting via the platform.”
Powerful, however, elaborated that the decision was not intended to ridicule or undermine anyone but to prove to all that due process cannot be compromised in IPOB.
“IPOB is a well-structured movement where activities of members are regulated with well thought-out rules.
“No one should act in a way that suggests that the laws are meant for certain group of people,” he added.
He noted that while Simon Ekpa has the right to make his broadcasts on Facebook and other platforms of his choice, he may no longer broadcast on Radio Biafra as one of the official broadcasters.