Ex-Presidential candidates accuse IPOB of destroying South East economy
Former presidential candidates, who are operating under the aegis of ‘Patriotic Presidential Candidates Forum’, have lashed out at the leader of the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for declaring Monday, August 16, 2021, a sit-at-home day in the Southeast.
The Ex-Presidential candidates’ forum made it clear that the economy of Southeast was being crippled gradually, given that the Igbo speaking Southeast region are predominantly business people who value their time.
Though, IPOB has reportedly suspended the directive, the forum, however, lamented the huge cost the people of Southeast have incurred for observing sit-at-home out of fear in the past.
A statement released on Sunday by the forum’s Co-Chairman and Spokesperson, Dr. Rabia Yassai Hassan Cengiz, said Nnamdi Kanu’s coordination of IPOB was anti-Igbo in the first place.
The statement said: “Igbos are hard-working and intelligent people, but it never occurred to them that Nnamdi Kalu may be an agent of destabilization and destruction being sponsored by foreign or local agents in order to destroy the Southeast.
“All his policies and programmes are anti-Igbo. He is destroying the Southeast and making Igbo to be hated by other Nigerians.
“Stay at home will not compel the government to release Nnamdi Kalu even if the stay at home order was observed to the latter.
The forum noted that Nigeria runs on a set of laws, hence the charges against Kanu by the Federal government which is in Court must be allowed to run its full course, adding that the nation must not be intimidated by the fresh nebulous directives.
“There are charges against Nnamdi Kalu by the Federal government and the matter is in court by law an accused person remains innocent until proven guilty.
“It is the court that will prove him guilty or innocent, so asking the people of the Southeast to stay at home every Monday is satanic and consequential”, the group posited.