The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has responded to claims suggesting that the Nigerian military played a significant role in halting the Monday sit-at-home exercise in the country’s Southeast region.
Two weeks ago, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, announced the end of the sit-at-home order enforced by IPOB across the Region. The Army chief attributed the cessation of the Monday routine exercise, which had lasted for approximately two years, to the efforts of his troops and collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
During the combined second and third quarters conference in Abuja, COAS stated, “We have equally heightened our efforts in containing criminal activities in the South East Region by the Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network. Through Operation Udo Ka, our troops have, in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders, ended the infamous sit-at-home order that has almost crippled socio-economic activities in the Region.”
In response to these claims, IPOB issued a statement through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, titled, “The public should ignore Nigeria Military claim of stopping Monday sit-at-home order in South East.” The separatist group asserted that the COAS’s claim of ending the sit-at-home exercise had no basis.
IPOB contended that the decision to discontinue the routine exercise was based on the instructions of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to Simon Ekpa and his group, who were still observing the sit-at-home. The group ridiculed the Nigerian Army, alleging its personnel were consistently hiding in their barracks on Mondays during the exercise.
Furthermore, IPOB dismissed the military’s claims as laughable and criminal. The group emphasized that the sit-at-home was initially an IPOB strategy. Its discontinuation was due to the proactive actions and approach of IPOB and its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB clarified that it had printed flyers, posters, and banners to inform the public that the sit-at-home was over and done with. The group also highlighted that the sit-at-home had been discontinued after the people’s initial successful observation and voluntary compliance before being hijacked by individuals claiming to work for IPOB.
In conclusion, IPOB maintained that the Nigerian military could not stop the Monday sit-at-home in Biafra land and asserted that it was IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who endhttps://www.naijanews.com/2023/09/23/soldiers-didnt-end-sit-at-home-order-ipob-replies-army-chief/ed the practice in Igbo land.
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