The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted after Facebook, a social media platform blocked the account of its leader Nnamdi Kanu.
Reports suggest the account was blocked after a live broadcast on Tuesday and checks by ARISE News revealed that the account was unavailable.
The account has more than 350,000 likes.
“This Page Isn’t Available. The link may be broken, or the page may have been removed. Check to see if the link you’re trying to open is correct,” a notice on the page reads.
In a statement, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, accused Facebook of colluding with the federal government to suppress the “free flow of information”.
Powerful said the group has the right to express its grievances, because herders are allegedly destroying their farms by feeding their cattle with the crops.
“We strongly condemn this attitude of Facebook managers in Lagos and Abuja who collude with corrupt Nigerian government officials to suppress the free flow of information via their platform,” he said.
“This unconscionable and reprehensible attitude amounts to partnering with perpetrators of human rights abuses and other criminal activities masterminded by the Nigeria state against innocent citizens.
“Now that our leader has started exposing the atrocities of these wolves in human clothing, Facebook has decided to be an accomplice to mass murder and oppressive tendencies.
“But our message to Facebook is simple: no matter how hard you try to suppress the gospel of truth being preached by our leader, the struggle for Biafra liberation cannot 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.”
By Abel Ejikeme