By Funmilola Olukomaiya
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) explained why Simon Ekpa can no longer continue as a host on Radio Biafra.
IPOB revealed that Ekpa, upon his appointment, refused to follow the operating rules established at Radio Biafra, hence the need to terminate his services.
Ekpa was hired as a broadcaster on Radio Biafra shortly after Nnamdi Kanu, head of IPOB was arrested again.
The group stressed that Ekpa’s services may no longer be needed as it refused to sign the rules of engagement and the code of conduct guiding those who broadcast on Radio Biafra.
A statement by IPOB spokesperson Emma Powerful read: “The Global Indigenous Peoples Family of Biafra (IPOB) competently led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu observed with regret as Mazi Simon Ekpa to whom our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has given an appointment and obligation to start broadcasting on Radio Biafra does not want to follow the operating rules established at Radio Biafra. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu gave the directive while in detention but Mazi Simon Ekpa refused to follow the principles.
“Mazi Simon Ekpa refused to sign the rules of engagement and the code of conduct guiding those who broadcast on Radio Biafra. We do not understand why Mazi Ekpa would not want to follow in the footsteps of other broadcasters on the platform who have since done the necessary.
“IPOB is a big movement and cannot just change the rules because of one individual because that can set a bad precedent. Mazi Simon Ekpa is a hardworking Biafranese whose immense contributions to the restoration of Biafra are greatly appreciated, but for not having signed the code of conduct as a broadcaster on Radio Biafra, he might not continue to be able to broadcast via the platform.
“This decision was not intended to ridicule or undermine anyone, but to prove to everyone that due process cannot be compromised in IPOB. IPOB is a well-structured movement where the activities of members are regulated by well-thought-out rules. No one should act in a way that suggests that the laws are meant for a certain group of people.
“Although Mazi Simon Ekpa has the right to do his shows on Facebook and other platforms of his choice, he can no longer broadcast on Radio Biafra as one of the official broadcasters.”