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IPOB Sit-At-Home Order: Between Emotion And Reason

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IPOB Sit-At-Home Order: Between Emotion And Reason

By Charles Ogbu.

I made a conscious decision to switch off from everything concerning Nigeria and Ala-Igbo which explains why I had been posting pictures that should ordinarily be private. Yesterday, I even had to watch the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija for the first time all in an attempt to shield myself from the toxicity that is associated with the Nigerian social media space especially on issues concerning Ala-Igbo and Biafra. It is almost impossible to see Igbo youths argue in an environment of intellectual hygiene these days. So I just chose to watch in silence to protect my mental health from negative energy.

But,

When the academic future of innocent Igbo children are being jeorpadized by a group that ought to be protecting that future, then it becomes an ‘nso ana’ (abomination) for any real Igbo to keep quiet even if saying something might attract death or threat of it from OUR OWN PEOPLE. I was an ad-hoc staff of the National Population Commission during the 2006 census and I saw first hand what MASSOB foolishness cost Ndigbo during that period.

I’ve said it before and it bears repeating now, For Any Agitation To Succeed, There Must Be A Balance Between PASSION (EMOTION) And REASON. Take away this balance and what you have is a recipe for disaster.

You see, the biggest singular tragedy of Ndigbo is the tragedy of leadership. Our leaders are a walking disappointment. All of them! Let’s be very clear on this.

But the self determination group that claims to want to LIBERATE us are yet to show even the tiniest proof, be it circumstantial, that they are better than those running Nigeria in terms of RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS or even with regards to building a decent society. It is not just enough to expect every Igbo to join your Biafra movement just because Nigeria is not working. You must show evidence that you can offer Ndigbo better treatment than they are getting in Nigeria or in the very least, that you will guarantee their fundamental human rights to life, speech, movement and dignity as humans.

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In this regard, our pro-Biafran group has failed woefully. It grieves me to say this but it grieves me even more that it is not untrue.

We can keep romancing the truth for fear of being attacked, killed or insulted. But if we truly care about the future of Ala-Igbo, now is the time to speak to our respective consciences and be true to ourselves.

How can you claim you are fighting to LIBERATE me but every time you want me to do something, you don’t bother about my opinion, you simply resort to threatening me with death in order to force compliance from me??

Where is the FREEDOM in a supposed FREEDOM FIGHTING GROUP using threat of violence and ACTUAL VIOLENCE on the same people they claim they are fighting for???

On May 30th, a SOLEMN day we were supposed to remember our people who died in the moral tragedy that was the Biafran war, you threatened your own people with death if they disobeyed your order to stay-at-home even when you knew they would gladly honor their dead without your threat. And some of the people condemning today’s event boldly supported the May 30th threat. Some even claimed it was a mere threat even when we later saw video evidence of gun-wielding men enforcing the threat.

Today again, you threatened that anyone who comes out “will regret his or her life” (to use your exact words).

Even when the biological younger brother of the same leader for whom you are doing the sit-at-home tried to be reasonable by announcing the suspension of the order for the sake of our kids writing an important paper (mathematics) NECO exam, you issued a counter insisting the sit-at-home must be observed or defaulters will pay heavily.

Now, the whole Southeast is on lockdown, not because they believe in your order but because THEY ARE SCARED of your threat. Today, people, IGBO PEOPLE, have been ki.ll.ed, commercial vehicle burnt, goods destroyed from shops that opened (video evidence are everywhere online) and above all,

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OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION HAS BEEN TRUNCATED FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!!

Those kids will now have to wait for another year to write NECO again as no one can get admission into any Nigerian University without maths which they missed today.

Meanwhile, you did all these TO PRESSURE a man sitting in far away Abuja (President mohammsdu Buhari) to release another man (Nnamdi Kanu) he’s holding in the same Abuja.

IPOB Sit-At-Home Order: Between Emotion And Reason

Pray tell, how does shutting down the economy of a region that depends almost entirely on buying and selling advance your agitation? How does it even affect Buhari? Who loses from such action?

HOW DOES JEORPADIZING THE EDUCATION OF OUR OWN CHILDREN HELP ADVANCE BIAFRA?? Are you now competing with the Taliban and Boko Haram in fighting Western education????????

Why should I believe you care about me when you just wake up to take decision that affect me NEGATIVELY and still force me to abide by that decision or pay with my life for disobeying?

Why should a group fighting to LIBERATE me be threatening me and making me live in fear????

If your main support base start seeing you as a PHARAOH who is merely pretending to be MOSES, wetin you gain????

For the benefits of some of my readers who recently started following me and may want to drop the usual blackmail line of, ‘Charles, you are only good in criticizing without taking any action,, let me say this in advance because I know such argument will come in the comment section;

IPOB Sit-At-Home Order: Between Emotion And Reason

I have played different roles to advance the Biafra agitation. When Nnamdi Kanu was first imprisoned by Buhari against court order granting him bail, a foremost Igbo Think Tank I belong to, Nzuko Umunna was the first to visit him in Kuje and address a WORLD press conference. When the IPOB leader was released, myself, Dr Law Mefor – a lecturer and psychologist, Professor Ilochi Okafor (SAN) who is the former vice chancellor of UNIZIK and two others, at the behest of the same Think Tank embarked on a self funded visits to reconcile the IPOB leader, Kanu and Ohan’eze Ndigbo then President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo because we believe the Igbos will make more progress when we understand each other instead of antagonising ourselves publicly. It was on that visit that I took my first picture with Kanu which some IPOB members mockingly but ignorantly interpret as me rushing for a photo-up with their leader. During Python Dance in Kanu’s house, I played an insider role. In fact, as many of you would recall, I was the one who published the phone numbers of all Southeast governors in protest over their poor response to that atrocious military exercise. I did this at grave risk and personal cost. I have done other things, some of which would rather remain private for reasons of my own security. In terms of writing, I have used my gift of the pen to advance the Biafra argument in significant ways not just on social media but in major Nigerian National Dailies with headlines like:

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“How To Resolve The Biafran Question” ~~ Guardian newspaper 2016

“NASS And Devolution Of Power” ~~Vanguard Newspaper 2017

“Why 1914 Almagamation Is Nigeria’s Bane” ~~Guardian 2017

“Open Letter To Buhari”~~ Saharareporters 2017

To mention but a very few. And this is just for the Biafran struggle. My contribution to the general Igbo wellbeing is in the public domain.

So before you come here to insult, attack or threaten me for offering the above criticism, pause and ask yourself, HOW HAVE I PERSONALLY ADVANCED EITHER THE IGBO QUEST FOR JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS OR THE BIAFRA AGITATION??

The answer to the above question should guide you on whether you are qualified to attack fellow Igbos for expressing opinions on issues affecting them.

MAY OUR MOSES NOT BECOME OUR PHARAOHS!!!!

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We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

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Pan Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from imposing sit-at-home orders in the southeast geopolitical region henceforth.

IPOB has issued and enforced these sit-at-home orders in protest of the continued incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was re-arrested and jailed in June.

On Wednesday, IPOB threatened to impose a month-long sit-at-home in the southeast, as opposed to the current format of every Monday each week, if Kanu is not brought to court on his next trial date of October 21.

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However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is of the view that IPOB would be better off asking members to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital city, in protest, instead of further paralyzing the economy of the southeast with endless sit-at-home orders.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide are committed to providing a political solution for the release of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from custody,” a statement from Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, reads.

We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

“The exponents of sit-at-home should be cautious of the regaining consciousness of Ndigbo to defy further directives, as the best approach before the IPOB leadership is to mobilise the disciples of Nnamdi Kanu in millions to take advantage of the October 21st court trial and massively take over the streets of Abuja peacefully without confrontation with security agencies, so that the international community will handle the matter and convince the federal government to do the needful.

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“If 60 million IPOB members as acclaimed by the leadership can storm Abuja, they will be forced to produce Nnamdi Kanu before the Abuja High Court as southeast sit-at-home is fading away.

“IPOB will gradually lose Igbo support if they continue to make things difficult for Ndigbo, especially with the continuous denial of not being accountable for the various scandals and crimes committed against humanity by the so-called cultists, who disguise under the sit-at-home orders to perpetrate evil.”

Kanu’s troubles with the Nigerian government began when he was arrested by the DSS in 2015. He spent two years in custody until he was granted bail on health grounds in April 2017.

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He subsequently fled the country in 2017.

The separatist faces charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

IPOB’s unending sit-at-home directives have further heightened tensions in the southeast region.

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Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

It noted that the development was adversely affecting its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 6.

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, said this during the commissions ‘s Monitoring and Support Centre EMBER Zone Implementer Workshop, held in Awka, on Thursday.

He said, “Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing, such as the attack on our state office on May 23rd and the sit-at-home which are eating into our preparation time, but we are doing our best.

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“Ad hoc staff are already being recruited online and we are interacting with the stakeholders and we are happy with where we are now and we are confident that come November 6, we will have a successful election.”

He said the commission would recruit no fewer than 25,000 ad hoc workers for the poll.

He insisted that sensitive materials for the election would be brought in from Owerri, Imo State, because of the destruction of the Awka office of INEC

Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

Stakeholders had expressed reservations over INEC’s plan to import electoral materials from Owerri for the simple reason that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for the election is Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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In response, the REC said, “You know that the Anambra State INEC office was attacked on May 23rd and that led to the destruction of our store. Since that incident, we had to fall back on the INEC zonal store.

“INEC has zonal offices and for the South East, the zonal office is in Owerri and that is where we have been trying to remobilise for the election.”

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

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The Southeast caucus of the National Assembly has resolved to intervene in the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The caucus resolved to seek political solution over Kanu’s matter.

To this end, the caucus resolved to set up a committee to interface with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders over Kanu’s matter.

This was part of the r solutions reached by the caucus during a meeting held in Abuja, at the residence of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting reads partly: “We elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene.

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

“To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.”

The caucus also commended IPOB for calling off the Monday sit-at-home order.

“Noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.

“Call on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses,” the lawmakers added.

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