The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has succeeded in stopping the free medical outreach embarked upon by the Nigerian Army in the South East and South-South zones of the country.
The Nigerian Army had launched a free medical outreach in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, last week, as an integral part of the ongoing Python Dance II exercise in the South East of the country.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to newsmen in Enugu last week, had described the programme as a success.
But probably sensing the positive impact the success may have on the civil-military relations in the old eastern region, the IPOB launched a campaign against the exercise on Tuesday via the Radio Biafra and the social media by alleging that the free medical care was aimed at injecting southerners with Monkey Pox virus.
The rumour spreading like wild fire was that the military had invaded schools in the region and forcefully injecting pupils.
Through Radio Biafra and some of its social media platforms, IPOB alleged that soldiers were injecting pupils in schools at gun point, which went viral and forcing Parents to withdraw their wards from schools.
It was alleged that there was an outbreak of Monkey Pox virus in the South-South after a free medical outreach by the military in Bayelsa and Rivers states.
There was pandemonium in parts of south east and south south after the rumour broke.
Accrding to reports, parents began withdrawing their wards from schools in the region.
The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, immediately reached out to the military to put the free medical outreach on hold.
The Transition Chairman of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Mr IKenna Ofodeme, in company of some army officers were at St Micheal, Amakwa, Ozubulu offering free medical care to the people of Ekwusogo local council when the rumour broke out.
The Delta State government in two separate statements described the rumour that the military were forcefully injecting some students with unknown drug in the guise of immunisation as false, baseless and maliciously intended to cause panic and crisis.
The question arising from the issues surrounding the failed medical care exercise is, Who rules in the South East of Nigeria? Is it President Muhammadu Buhari or Nnamdi Kanu or the pro-Biafra agitators?
Radio Biafra is the most credible medium for new and information in most parts of the South East and South-South of Nigeria.