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Sit-At-Home: IPOB Bringing More Hardships To Igbos In Southeast – Ohanaeze Cautioned

The apex Igbo socio-cul­tural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo has warned the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to stop its order on Igbo people in the Southeast to observe a sit-at-home as a means of forcing the government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement today, August 7, General of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Okechuk­wu Isiguzoro, stressed that the planned sit-at-home could cause avoidable economic hardship on the Igbos and called on Igbos to ig­nore order.

He said that the sit-at-home declaration aimed at pressuris­ing the Nigerian authorities to release Nnamdi Kanu will de­stroy the backstage activities and efforts of Igbo leaders and politicians to use diplomatic means to get him released.

“There is hunger and hard­ship in Southeastern Nigeria. From sad experiences of past ‘ sit-at-homes,’ there were eco­nomic losses, destruction of properties, and hikes in prices of food and essential materials across Southeastern Nigeria, and Igbos painstakingly en­dured untold hardship and this must not continue.”

Isiguzoro advised Igbos to circumvent the hardships associated with sit-at-home and ignore it and go to their normal businesses on Monday.

“IPOB should review their stance and unveil more stra­tegic planning with Southern Nigerian Governors and Legis­lators to press for the release of Nnamdi Kanu without hurting or subjecting the people to sor­row, affliction and despair.”

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This was even as the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), which is the apex socio-polit­ical Youth Group in the Southeast region, also dismissed as senseless, the threat by IPOB to place the entire Southeast region under lockdown until Namdi Kanu is granted un­conditional release by the Fed­eral government.

COSEYL, in a statement jointly signed by its Pres­ident-General and Secre­tary-General – Goodluck Ibem and Kanice Igwe respectively argued that shutting down the region and its economic activ­ities would not augur well for anybody or group and there­fore not a win-win case at a time like this.

COSEYL said that although it appreciates that right to self-determination is a proper­ty of the late 1940s Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which every human group is entitled to and to which Ni­geria is a signatory together with other instruments of in­ternational law, it does not see economic wisdom in shutting down business and work-re­lated activities on Mondays which it (IPOB) had labeled ‘Ghost Mondays.’

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