The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned all its members and social media activists to refrain from republishing or circulating any unverified Biafra news report coming in the name of the group.
The Pro-Biafra body said the warning became necessary following its discovery of a clandestine plot to discredit the IPOB movement by subtly planting doubt in the minds of international observers through some sponsored fact-checks.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful, explained that the plot is to always publish outlandish claims about Biafra’s restoration on social media, luring unsuspecting Biafrans into republishing, circulating the claims and when it gains momentum, same persons who pushed the stories will turn around and present them to international observers encouraging them to fact check fake news by IPOB.
“Their game plan is to bribe hungry university lecturers and freelance journalists to provide the basis through which Aso Rock can hopefully weaken IPOB’s international support base by deploying a series of well-choreographed disinformation machinery through multiple channels dedicated to driving home the narrative that Biafrans should not be trusted.
“They plan to discredit IPOB movement by subtly planting doubt in the minds of international observers through these sponsored fact-checks. It is a simple but effective game plan. “Let this notice serve as a serious warning to all IPOB family members and social media activists to refrain from republishing or circulation any unverified Biafra news report.
“Some of these people with fake Igbo names on social media are involved in the fabrication of such news thereby providing the basis for their counter-narrative that IPOB is peddling fake news and should not be trusted by the international community. We must not allow them to succeed.
“There is a new and concerted high-level conspiracy this 2020 to undermine IPOB in the eyes of the international community using what they hope could be seen as independent fact-checking sources when in fact these publications and their supposed expert contributors are paid unity begging Nigerian government agents masquerading as independent researchers,” he said.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News