Is There IPOB Sit At Home Tomorrow/Today?
No, there is no sit at home today because according to Vanguard, IPOB has called off the sit at home meant to be every Monday and have decided to only sit at home during Nnamdi Kanu’s court appearances.
Will there be sit at home today?
IPOB reportedly cancelled the sit at home order, but residents of South East are advised to be indoors until they see movements around them.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, has called a halt to the South-East region’s sit-at-home protest, claiming the civil action will now take place on days when its arrested leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, appears in court.
It went on to say that if there was ever a need to reverse the decision, the group would do so without hesitation.
As a result of the separatist group’s activities, the next sit-in will now take place on October 21, 2021, when Kanu is due in court.
Kanu, who was controversially returned to Nigeria by the Federal Government, is on trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja for skipping bail and other charges.
He is currently facing charges that border on treasonable felony, which were brought against him as a result of his years of campaigning for an independent Republic of Biafra.
After soldiers invaded his father’s home in Afara-Ukwu, Abia State, in November 2017, he was released for health reasons in April 2017 and departed Nigeria.
Kanu was re-arrested by Justice Binta Nyako on June 29 after being returned to Nigeria.
His trial has been postponed until July 26. However, the federal government was unable to produce him due to logistical issues. The case has been postponed until October 21, 2021.
IPoB ordered a weekly sit-at-home exercise across the South-East states in solidarity with its incarcerated leader.
Long before last Monday’s sit-in, numerous prominent Igbo leaders and groups had spoken out against it, claiming that the economy of the South-East would be severely harmed.
Kanu’s family had also had a disagreement with IPoB on the subject.
IPoB, on the other hand, said in a statement that the decision to back off was made at Kanu’s request.
As a result, the group’s Directorate of State, or DOS, decided to put the weekly event on hold.
The Statement read,
“In accordance with the directive from our leader, our Sit-At-Home will in the meantime be observed on the date of our leader’s court appearances.
“If we have any reason or directive from the IPOB highest command that requires us to reactivate the suspended weekly Sit-At-Home, the leadership will not hesitate to lift the suspension and continue with our civil action.
“The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, understands the concern being expressed by the global IPOB family on the suspension of the weekly Sit-At-Home earlier announced by the IPOB Head of Directorate of State, HOS, of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
“We know that our people embraced this civil action wholeheartedly and without any compulsion. The leadership sincerely appreciates the innate desire of Biafrans, to sacrifice their time, resources and energy in ensuring that our leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is released unconditionally from the illegal custody of the Nigerian state.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that one of the major fundamental guiding principles of IPOB is Command and Control. This simply means that all commands from the Supreme leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, will be obeyed and implemented to the latter by the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
“Bearing in mind, therefore, that this principle has enabled this movement to surpass even the expectations of both Biafrans and non-Biafrans alike, the leadership wishes to encourage Biafrans to focus on the most pressing issue confronting this great family, which is ensuring the safety of our leader, while still in the illegal custody of the DSS and to secure his unconditional release from detention.
“The leadership once more appreciates all Biafrans and our friends and sympathisers who faithfully observed the Monday, August 9, Sit-At-Home, which was a huge success throughout Biafra land. May God continue to bless and uphold all those committed to our struggle.
“We consider Biafra restoration as a sacrosanct call to duty above all else. Any other information regarding Sit-At-Home in Biafraland, not emanating from IPOB, through our main channels of information dissemination should be disregarded.
“The Nigeria government should heed now to the voice of reason coming from within Nigeria and from outside the shores of Nigeria to unconditionally free our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and announce a date for Biafra referendum or plebiscite where our people will choose where they wish to belong before it is too late.”