August 9: Why we suspended sit-at-home— IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has decided to suspend the sit-at-home ordered which was planned to have commenced tomorrow, Monday, August 9, in order to impede the National Examination Council (NECO) for Junior Secondary Schools.
According to IPOB, a new date for the commencement of the sit-at-home order would be slated disclosed to the public.
The pro Biafra group had a couple of weeks ago, ordered for sit-at-home that would be observed every Monday throughout Igbo land, starting from August 9, until when his trial would end.
This is a perceived act to show solidarity with its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
However, in a statement the IPOB leader’s younger brother, Kanu Nta said the group arrived at the decision, after listening to pleas from well meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that the order be suspended to allow students from Igbo land to participate in the NECO Exam.
“IPOB has listened to pleas from well-meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that we consider the fate of our children who will be involved in the NECO Exam and based on that, we decided to shift grounds over the sit-at-home order”.
The statement added that IPOB on its part, having realized the academic deprivation the already marginalized Biafra students who entered for this year’s NECO would suffer, decided to suspend the sit-at-home order to a later date, to allow the students take their exams. Kanu equally made it clear that allowing the sit-at-home to go ahead as earlier announced, in the face of the NECO Exam would amount to assisting enemies of Biafra to inflict more injuries on her children.
“As a group fighting for the liberation of her people from oppression from her enemies, we realized that it would amount to assisting the said enemies to inflict more harm on our children if we do not suspend the sit-at-home order to allow Biafra students take their exams”.
While making it clear the sit-at-home order has not been cancelled, but only suspended for the sake of Biafra students taking this year’s NECO Exam, the statement called on all IPOB global family members and Biafrans at large to await further directives in this regard.