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‘Ghost Monday’: VON boss cautions IPOB against locking down South-East

IPOB has declared a shutdown of activities in South-East every Monday until its leader Nnamdi Kanu is released.

• August 1, 2021
Osita Okechukwu
Osita Okechukwu

The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has counselled the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against threatening a lockdown in the South-East Zone every Monday.

In a statement on Friday, IPOB, through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, had stated that Monday’s lockdown was to be tagged “Ghost Monday.”

The statement said that “Ghost Monday,” which would affect all economic activities including schools and marketplaces, would continue every Monday until its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is released.

But Mr Okechukwu appeals to IPOB to think otherwise.

“Let me for the umpteenth time appeal to my brothers in IPOB to sheath their sword. For to lock down the South-East is simply waging atrocious war against Ndigbo.

“Accordingly, it will be a very big error for IPOB to lockdown the South-East and think they are tough, strategic and will achieve any meaningful result. That is a capital NO.

“IPOB should not cut off Ndigbo’s nose to spite Buhari’s face, for Buhari is compensating with infrastructure.

“Appointments are transient and infrastructure is permanent. The Standard Gauge Railroads which will soon cover the entire South-East will demonstrate the efficacy of infrastructure. IPOB, hold on please,” Mr Okechukwu said in a statement on Sunday.

He also expressed support for Ohaneze Ndigbo’s position that the rule of law should prevail in the trial of Mr Kanu, the leader of the proscribed IPOB.

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