OYC Berates IPOB Over Planned Independence Day Sit-At-Home Protest

OYC Berates IPOB Over Planned Independence Day Sit-At-Home Protest

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has berated the call by the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, asking the people of South-East zone to observe a sit-at-home on October 1st, Nigeria Independence Anniversary.

The group urged governors of south-east to disband any Market Unions in the region that adhere to the sit-at-home directive of the Pro-Biafra group. 

OYC, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, and made available to journalists, on Friday, distanced the Igbo youths from the IPOB directive and reiterated its stand on indivisible Nigeria.

The socio-cultural organisation also warned security agencies on extrajudicial killings of innocent Igbo youths in whatever guise and further urged agitating youths not to take laws into their hands by challenging armed security agents.

It would be recalled that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Wednesday called on Nigerians from the Southeast to observe a sit-at-home on October 1, 2020. 

IPOB said the sit-at-home order was aimed at expressing displeasure over the bad governance being experienced in Nigeria. 

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In a statement issued by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, the group called for total lockdown on October 1.

However, the Presidency through its spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Thursday, accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of embarking on a global campaign against Nigeria.

According to OYC, “The pro-Biafra group’s directive does not reflect to the wishes of the Igbo nation, we distance the Igbo youths from the sit-at-home.

“It’s laughable for Ipob to be observing independence Day of Nigeria in disguise and We Urge Ipob to change tactics and narratives and avoid such pitfalls that will derail their status quo as a non-violent group.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria to use the 60th Anniversary of Nigeria’s independence Day for genuine reconciliation and promote peace by de-proscribing  IPOB as a terrorist organisation and grant presidential pardon to all Prisoners of Conscience.

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