Prior to the Detention of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu members of the Biafran group had issued a sit-at-home protest across the Southeast Every Monday to back up its demand for the unconditional release of its detained leader.
The separatist group says the sit-at-home protest will take place every Monday beginning from August 9,2021 until Kanu is released.
This development had received several critics, as Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and other stakeholders , advised South easterners to ignore the sit-at-home order while the police declared that no such protest would be allowed.
Secretary General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a statement said:“The sit-at-home declaration aimed at pressurizing 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’s hunger and hardship in Southeastern Nigeria. Past sit-at-home orders led to massive economic losses, destruction of properties, and hike in prices of food and essential materials across Southeastern Nigeria, and Igbos painstakingly endured untold hardship. This must not continue.“Igbos should ignore the sit-at-home order and go about their normal businesses on Monday.
“IPOB should review their stance and unveil more strategic plan with Southern Nigerian governors and legislators to press for Nnamdi Kanu’ release without hurting or subjecting the people to sorrow, affliction and despair.
Also, an Elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Mike Ahamba said the sit-at-home protest does not make sense as it will only compound the sufferings of the people.
“I don’t know why they want to be asking people they want to lead to stay at home. When you say people should not come out on Monday who is going to feed them within that time. I think they should forget this directive and embrace peace,” he said in Owerri.