Sit-At-Home Order: 75 Countries Observed The Exercise
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has appraised the level of compliance with its sit-at-home order, disclosing that the exercise was observed in no fewer than 75 countries.
In a statement on Tuesday, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, described the order as a huge success and thanked those who made the exercise a success, especially members of the IPOB family. Asides Nigeria, the IPOB spokesman named other countries that complied with the order to include;
Taiwan, Chad, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Angola, Congo DRC, Mozambique, Luxembourg, Brazil, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts, Canada, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, France.
Others were Germany, Austria, Finland, South Africa, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Benin Republic, Gabon, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Greece, Pakistan, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Israel, Italy, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Sao Tome and Principe, Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Namibia, Niger Republic, Tunisia, Algeria and Cape Verde.
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While describing those who did not participate in the exercise as saboteurs, Powerful alleged that they were paid by the Federal Government to sabotage the order. The statement read in part:
“The Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide congratulate Biafrans and all the IPOB family members worldwide both in Biafra land and in the Diaspora for their compliance with the sit-at-home order issued by our indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu issued this sit-at-home order when he was still in Kuje Prison, Abuja, and it has come to pass; all the people of Biafra both home and abroad complied in all totality. This had not been done in the history of Biafra struggle before.
“We also blame those saboteurs who were paid by the government to sabotage the restoration project because today Biafrans and IPOB members worldwide obeyed Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We, IPOB, must be strong and we promise everybody that Biafra is here.”
Similarly, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB has declared the May 30th sit-at-home protest as a ‘huge success’.
According to MASSOB, the success of the exercise was an indication that, should a referendum be conducted in Biafra areas, the people would vote to secede from Nigeria. In a statement, on Tuesday, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu said:
“The huge success achieved in today’s sit-at-home exercise is marvelous and glorious because the Almighty God approved our programme for the commemoration of the golden jubilee of the declaration of Biafra by ‘General’ Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
“The huge success is evident that the coming Biafra referendum shall be a walkover against the Nigerian state”.
He dedicated the huge success to schoolchildren, commercial bus drivers, motorcyclists, tricycle drivers and corporate firms that complied with the sit-at-home exercise.
In the same vein, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has said the massive compliance with the sit-at-home directive is because Nigeria is enjoying the beauty of democracy.
Ikpeazu described the action which paralysed the entire southeastern part of Nigeria on May 30th as part of the beauty of democracy which guarantees freedom of expression and gathering.
The Governor disclosed this after a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, confirming that some businessmen and women complied with the order even though government offices were open.
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According to him, the two major reasons people complied was either for the fear of being attacked or to show solidarity to IPOB. Hear him:
“You know the beauty of democracy is that there is freedom of expression and we also have the freedom of gathering and meeting.
“My experience in that area is that we have two major cities in Abia; Umuahia was quiet, Aba is calm also, government offices and agencies opened, but is up to businessmen to either open their shops or close them at will.
“Two reasons, one, some people want to comply and the second reason is that a few people will want to close their shops for fear that hoodlums may hijack the exercise to loot.
“So in all as long as no life is lost, as long as nobody is molested, as long as lives and property are secured its okay. That’s my assessment of it.”