The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have been requested to reconsider their intention to lock down the south-east zone, according to Osita Okechukwu, director-general of Voice of Nigeria (VON).
IPOB has threatened to shut down the south-east if the federal government does not release the group’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by August 8.
The federal government has filed charges against Kanu for his campaign for the Republic of Biafra, which border on treasonable felony.
The ‘ghost Monday’ shutdown, according to IPOB media secretary Emma Powerful, will affect schools and marketplaces.
He stated that the stay-at-home order would begin on Monday, August 9 and would continue until the organization received its demand.
Okechukwu, in a statement issued on Sunday, urged IPOB members to reconsider their choice.
He claimed that a zone lockdown would jeopardize the delivery of infrastructural projects in the south-east by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The decision to shut down the territory was condemned by the VON DG as a blunder that would provide no meaningful results.
“Let me for the umpteenth time appeal to my brothers in IPOB to sheath their sword, for to lockdown the South-East is simply waging atrocious war against Ndigbo,” the statement reads.
“Accordingly, it will be very big error for IPOB to lockdown the South-East and think they are tough, strategic and will achieve any meaningful result, capital NO.
“IPOB should not cut off Ndigbo’s nose to spite Buhari’s face, for Buhari is compensating with infrastructure. Appointments are transient, and infrastructure is permanent. The Standard Gauge Railroads which will soon cover the entire South-East will demonstrate the efficacy of infrastructure. IPOB, hold on please.”
Okechukwu, on the other hand, expressed support for the application of the rule of law in Kanu’s current trial.
“Hence, IPOB should be aware that to lock down South-East is nothing but to punish Ndigbo; to degrade against Ndigbo, South-East economy, to starve Ndigbo and akin to the obnoxious civil war doctrine of hunger as the best weapon,” he said.
“My brothers of IPOB clan, put on your thinking cap and be pragmatic, introspect and remember our brothers and sisters who are living in all the towns and villages nationwide, doing well and investing happily and prospering with other ethnic nationalities.”