Ahead of the sit at home declared by the Pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeastern area of the country, the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu has called on the group to not make the sit at home mandatory for all but optional for those willing to participate.
Ekweremmadu who made the plea on Sunday while speaking to newsmen at an Inter-denominational church service to commemorate the 2017 Democracy Day and Gov. David Umahi’s second year in office at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Abakaliki.
According to him, “Individuals who operate private businesses and want to stay-at-home on that day should stay, while those who want to operate their businesses should be allowed to do so.”
He went further to say that he believe that civil and public workers should be ready to go to work on that day and not be forced to stay at home against their wishes.
He however called on the Pro-Biafra groups to see reasons to come to the round table and not embark on armed struggle. “The struggles and concerns are genuine but with the collaboration of all and constructive engagement, we will surely get to our destination no matter how long it takes.” he said.
Making reference to the experiences of the African Americans and the South Africans, he said, “Black Americans agitated for a long time before Barack Obama became president in 2008, likewise in India, it took constructive engagement for the people to actualise their agitation. South Africa despite racial disturbances and black oppression, employed constructive engagement and intervention of the western world and African interests such as Nigeria’s, to dismantle apartheid,” he said.
You will recall that we brought you a report that the IPOB had issued a sit at home order to the University of Nigeria Community (click here to read >>>>>>) and with this from the Senate President, we wonder what the next step of the Group would be.