Twelve South-East based groups on Monday threw their weight behind the September 12 sit-at-home directive given by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
This formed part of their meeting at the Enugu residence of Chief Maria Okwor, a prominent member of the Eastern Consultative Assembly.
DAILY POST reports that the meeting was attended by community leaders, traders’ associations, youth groups and students’ organizations.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the convener, Mrs Okwor lamented the humiliation meted out to Igbo women who she said “were locked up in Owerri for expressing their opinions in a democracy.”
She complained bitterly over “the continuous ill treatment of Ndigbo as a conquered people”, calling on Ndigbo “to sit at home on Friday September 14th to express our frustrations in Nigeria.”
She insisted that “Nigeria must be returned to the 1963 constitution for the country to survive.”
Also speaking, Secretary of the ECA and founder of the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko described the constant invasion of Igboland with military hardware every September as provocative and insulting.
His words “every September military equipment is moved menacingly into Igbo land just to remind us that we are a conquered people. Next, they will say some students threw stones at them and mayhem will be unleashed on our people.
“There’s no war going on here,there are no killings going on here. Igbo land is peaceful,why the invasion.
“The soldiers should be drafted to sambisa forest,borno LGA ‘s where killings are going on everyday. They should go to Plateau, Benue etc and save hapless citizens who are slaughtered daily ,while the government is either blaming Lybians or telling middle beltans to surrender their land to the hersdmen to save their lives.
“Bringing so-called python dance 3 to our peaceful region now is only designed to deliberately provoke a confrontation that will lead to loss of lives as they did last year.”
Ugochukwu-Uko announced that the emergency meeting asked all Ndigbo “who are aggrieved over this endless provocative and humiliating invasion called python dance 3, to stay indoors on Friday September 14th to send a message to the world that we angry over this constant humiliation.”
“The meeting also resolved to send a message to the United Nations that Nigeria will die if the structure is not returned to the 1963 constitution.
“The meeting also agreed to organize a street march in October to drive home their demand for a new constitution,asserting that the rigid unitary constitution designed by the military is an evil document,” he further stated.
By Emmanuel Uzodinma, Daily Post