Stakeholders and residents of the five southeast states have heaved a sigh of relief following the decision of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to suspend its Ghost Monday’ protest, which it launched last week to press for the release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The second ‘Ghost Monday’ was to have come up today but IPOB said that the sit-at-home protest would now be observed only on Kanu’s trial days.
The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, welcomed the suspension of the protest and applauded IPOB for “listening to wise counsel.
The Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said it was good that IPOB “toed the path of honour and called off the sit-at-home declaration and called for synergy between all Igbo stakeholders to avert counter orders.
The Vice President of Ohanaeze Southeast, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, said the timing of the protest was wrong because it coincided with the examination period of thousands of young Igbo boys and girls and commended IPOB for suspending the sit-at-home order.
The Anambra State Coordinator, Transform Nigeria Movement, Comrade Obi Ochije, who said that dialogue was what everybody or group needs at the moment, noted that what IPOB did showed that it has the interest of the people at heart.
On his part, a Professor of Public Health Parasitology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Dennis Aribodor, described the decision as a welcome development and urged the federal government to start addressing issues that fuel separatist movements across the country.
The spokesman, Alaigbo Development Foundation and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said the protest should have been done at both national and international levels, to draw attention of the authorities to the manner Nnamdi Kanu was brought to Nigeria and for the Igbo self-determination struggle.
A resident in Awka, Mr. Stanley Ejemba, commended the Biafra agitators for listening to the voice of reason.