Sit at home order by IPOB will be catastrophical – ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, on Monday described the sit-
at-home order by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra IPOB, as
destructive to the nation’s cohesion.
Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, ACF National Publicity Secretary in a
statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna Monday, said,
“ACF considers such press statement as destructive of our national
cohesion.”
The statement noted that the IPOB statement issued by its publicity
secretary, Emma Powerful was widely published, saying that IPOB
had declared May 30 this year as a sit at home day in honour of
not only for Biafra State but those allegedly killed by herdsmen in
20 states of Nigeria.
The statement added, “The attention of Arewa Consultative Forum
(ACF) has been drawn to a press statement by Indigenous People
of Biafra (IPOB) which was proscribed by the Federal Government
last year, again declaring May 30th this year as a sit-at-home day
in honour of not only for a Biafra state but also for those alleged
to have been killed by herdsmen in 20 states of Nigeria.
“It is also a negation of our national unity comprising a people who
having ended the unfortunate three (3) years of civil war, 48years
ago with “no Victor no Vanquish”, and have been working hard
through the 3Rs of Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and
Reconstruction introduced by General Yakubu Gowon in order to
overcome what divide us.
“Our faith in one indivisible Nigeria despite our moments of
national instability and challenges, have continued to be reaffirmed
by individuals and groups at different fora. We have also
demonstrated it in words and deeds in our political sojourn. We
cannot therefore jettison our collective sacrifice for primordial
sentiments that would do no one any good.
“The Nigerian components, like all developing nations, have
challenges which can be overcome through collective hard work
and due democratic process. Intimidation and threats are not
viable means that give voice to people’s aspiration as it is
unnecessary and unhelpful.”
“The sit-at-home order of last year by IPOB did not only infringe on
the liberty and rights of innocent and law abiding citizens residing
in the South-East zone of Nigeria, it was also hijacked by hoodlums
who unleashed terror on “non-indigenes”.
“We therefore cannot afford a repeat of such incidence. Given the
benefit of hindsight, ACF therefore calls on the South East
Governors to prevail on their citizens to ignore such acts that seek
to affect our sense of oneness and could also affect the economy
and political stability of not only the South East but of Nigeria as a
whole,” the statement observed.
The ACF urged members of IPOB to listen to the wise counsel of
their elders, States Chief Executives and elected political
representatives at both the National and State Assemblies and opt
for due democratic process.
“Our present democratic structure provides sufficient avenue for
people to give voice to their aspirations and vent their concerns.
“Nigerians should therefore avail themselves to this opportunity
rather than pander seek to heat up the polity. ACF also calls on the
Security Agencies to put in adequate measures that will ensure the
safety of all citizens in every part of country,

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4 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. Let peace reign pls

  3. okay

  4. Ok

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