The planned sit-at-home civil disobedience ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been criticized by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that IPOB has declared that from Monday, August 9, there will be total shutdown in South East as protest for the release of Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested in Kenya on June 27.
Nnamdi Kanu was extradited to Nigeria on June 29 by DSS . IPOB has tagged the lockdown ‘Ghost Monday’ and said it will affect schools and markets.
In reaction, the secretary-general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide in statement kicked against the sit-at-home order. He said it will further worsen the economic woes of the region.
“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 reads.
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 Ohanaeze Ndigbo advised 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”.