The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 presidential election, Peter Obi on Tuesday said other forces maybe behind IPOB to enforce the sit-at-home order in the South east.
The Biafra separatist movement had In August announced the enforcement of a lockdown every Monday until Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, is released.
The group later modified the order to whenever Kanu appears in court but most residents still observe the order despite its suspension.
Over the past few weeks, violent attacks have been unleashed on those who were found flouting the order and yesterday, students of Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in Njaba LGA of Imo writing the 2021 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) were chased away by IPOB militants.
The gunmen also burnt down motorcycles belonging to teachers and students.
But speaking with some journalists on Tuesday at the Lagos airport, Obi described the attacks on schoolchildren as an out-of-place behaviour of Igbo people who regard the education of children as “sacred” because they are the leaders of tomorrow.
He wondered why the sit-at-home still continues despite countless statements from IPOB suspending it.
“Since IPOB has announced suspension of sit-at-home, it is reasonable to suspect that other forces might be hiding behind IPOB to draw back the south-east through such acts as well as the needless call for stay at home on Mondays, a critical day for business/official work, which is only hurting the economy of the south-east,” he said.
“Would investors come to the zone under the present condition? Would established businesses not think of leaving the south-east under such a condition?
“Would traders from neighbouring countries that flock Aba and Onitsha on Mondays not seek and stick with alternatives? Would some industries not think of relocating?