In reaction to Tuesday’s assertion by the Southeast Governors that the sit-at-home in the Southeast geopolitical region should stop, the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) declared that the governors have no powers to stop the order.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, maintained that the Southeast governors cannot stop the sit-at-home order in the region, adding that the order was the only way people of the Southeast can express their displeasure over the brutality by the Nigerian security agents in the region.
Emma Powerful was reacting to the outcome of Southeast leaders meeting held in Enugu on Tuesday where the governors asked that sit-at-home should stop forthwith in the region, assuring that they (the governors) would now roll out the Ebubeagu structure without delay to curb the spate security breaches in the zone.
While re-iterating that the Monday’s sit-at-home has been cancelled, Emma Powerful warned that the hoodlums still reinforcing it to cease forthwith or be prepared to face the wrath of the group if caught by IPOB members.
“Southeast governors cannot stop the wishes of the people because they have failed the masses and sit-at-home is the only way our people show their displeasure and that they are tired of Nigeria and its security brutality in our territory. South-East governors have no stand to stop it.
“IPOB can only stop sit-at-home because they initiated it. We stopped Monday sit-at-home because we found out the implications on our people, but the Nigerian government and their politicians hijacked it and killed people to implicate IPOB worldwide. Very soon, they will understand how we will handle it because we have discovered all their antics and gimmicks. IPOB will not allow that to continue.
“So South-East governors cannot do anything unless IPOB and the public do. We still stand on no more Monday sit-at-home and anybody enforcing it is not IPOB. They will get their reward soon; our people should stop Monday sit-at-home because IPOB has stopped it openly, and we are not going back on that. Last Monday, Hope Uzodinma recruited some hoodlums who were attacking people in the name of IPOB in order to implicate us as a violent group which it is not and that attack was not from IPOB security”, he said.
It will be recalled that in protest against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest, the group ordered the people of the Southeast to sit-at-home every Monday to force the federal government to release him, but later cancelled the exercise.
According to the organization, the sit-at-home protest will only hold whenever Mazi Nnamdi Kanu appears in court.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.