Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has urged The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to tone down their agitations, saying that the lockdown today, August 9, has hurt Igbo people.
IPOB had announced a lockdown on Mondays every week as a protest against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention.
The lockdown impacted states like Ebonyi, Enugu, and Anambra, but Ikpeazu says the focus should be on ensuring Nnamdi Kanu gets a fair trial, not stopping Igbos from going to work.
“I want to say that for the first time since this agitation started, the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, which is the leading Pan-Igbo socio-Cultural group, has expressed serious interest in making sure that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu gets fair judgement and a powerful delegation led by Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife was sent there and they are monitoring the trials.” Ikpeazu told SunNewsOnline on Monday, August 9.
“Our government is also monitoring and in contact with the family and other concerned institutions. What it means is that collectively, all of us are interested that Nnamdi Kanu will be given a fair trial and if the interest of IPOB represents the interest of the masses of this geo political zone, it means that we must not do anything that will seem as if we want to cut our nose to spite our face.”
Why would we ask our children not to go to school? They will be writing mathematics in NECO on Monday, which is a national examination. Why would we ask our people not to work?
If our children and grand children become illiterate in the future, have we hurt our perceived enemies in any way? I believe there is a way forward to address our enemies, wherever they may be.
“If we have people that are making war against us, and then our response is to not go to market and not go to school, whatever they are doing to ensure that we behave in this way, they will do it. So, this is counterproductive against Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu because withholding him can affect our economic base and make us illiterates. I think it is not the right thing to do. “
“It should not even be a contemplation. Therefore, I will urge everybody to go about their normal business.”