By our reporter/ The apex Igbo sociocultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has kicked against the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The group which is different from Ohanaeze Ndigbo, headed by George Obiozor, in a statement by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, its secretary-general, said the sit-at-home order will further worsen the economic woes of the region.
IPOB, the Biafra separatist group had said it will enforce a lockdown every Monday in the south-east until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.
But reacting to the shotdown threat, Ohaneze Worldwide asked IPOB to consult with key stakeholders in the south-east, including governors and traditional rulers before enforcing the order.
“We are in support of any civil disobedience that will be peaceful and without infestations of untold hardship and economic havoc on southeastern Nigerians, we are aware of the economic losses associated with sit-at-home orders in the past but we call for caution in the issuance of fresh sit at home orders with suffering starring on the faces of Ndigbo,” the statement read.
“Southeastern governors should be consulted with other stakeholders including Igbo traditional rulers and market administrators to ascertain the consequences of sit-at-home orders in the past and the best strategies to free Nnamdi Kanu.
“It’s not in the best interest of Ndigbo to add more salt to injuries, there are better options that IPOB can use to push for the release of Nnamdi Kanu without infesting hardships on Ndigbo through sit-at-home.”
The group further urged IPOB to “review their stance and see the bigger pictures of the discomforts and suffering of Igbos and adjust the sit-at-home from once a week to once a month”.
Kanu was re-arraigned before Binta Nyako of the federal high court in Abuja on June 29 after being intercepted and extradited to Nigeria in June.