I Ordered Sit-At-Home Protest To See Our Preparedness
Nnamdi Kanu, the revered leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has explained why issued the May 30 sit-at-home protest for the remembrance of those who died in the course of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war in 1967.
According to Kanu, the sit-at-home was aimed at weighing the level of people’s compliance considering the fact that it would have been difficult to gauge if it were to be a street protest.
Speaking about the protest, Kanu said:
“We called for sit-at-home because it is far much easier to gauge response to the order than with a street march.
“It is easier because when you say come out to the streets, it is practically assumed that everyone you see on the streets are predominantly IPOB members.
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“But if you say sit-at-home, you issue an order for people to comply with and there is the level of compliance that we have, that means that even the sentiment that you are echoing resonates among all the people,” Kanu said.
Asked whether the sit-at-home would be adopted as a permanent method for IPOB protests, Kanu said: “No, no, no! We will still go out to the streets.”
“For now we use it as a mini-referendum to see, to gauge the level of preparedness of our people. We are not saying it is better (the sit-at-home) but for the purpose for which it was adopted, it served that very need.
“For somebody to go out to the streets to protest is a right you have as a free being and no one can take it away from you. Not minding the very murderous nature of the zoo army.
“So, when the time comes for us to march on the streets, of course, we will march on the streets,” he concluded.
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Streets in the south-east states were like graveyards as a result of the sit-at-home protest observed by the IPOB. Many schools were shut down while commercial activities were halted.
Meanwhile, Niger Delta ex-militant leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has highlighted ways the Igbos and other ethnic groups seeking the actualization of a sovereign state called Biafra can achieve their dream sooner than expected.
Asari called on Biafra agitators not to entertain fear in search of what he described as their legitimate right, adding that it is time for everyone to stand up and fight for what they believe in diplomatically.
He called on Biafrans to start organizing street walks in the United Kingdom, United States and other parts of the world to share the plight of Biafrans to the whole world.