- Osuagwu Ugochukwu called on IPOB members not to force Igbos to stay at home on May 30
- He said people have a right to move around whenever they want
- The right activist warned IPOB not to threaten Nigeria's sovereignty
Respected constitutional lawyer and an Abuja-based rights activist, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against compelling people to sit at home on May 30.
The activist in a statement to NAIJ.com warned the secessionist group against taking the laws into their hands in their planned bid to force Ibos and non-Igbos in staying at home on May 30, 2017.
Ugochukwu said it was totally wrong for the group to force people who do not believe in Biafra to stay at home and stop motorist from moving in and out of eastern part of the country on May 30.
IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, had in a statement asked its members to observe the stay at home exercise on May 30 and remember their fallen heroes.
Reacting however in a statement issued on Sunday, Ugochukwu warned the group against provoking the Nigerian government and the military; stressing that it would be better to fight for a course within the ambit of the law.
He said: “Nobody is against your believe in Biafra and nobody is saying you should not exercise your rights in promoting your Biafra ideology. But in doing so you must not breach the laws of the land.
“The call by IPOB to all markets, transport companies, schools, banks, companies, civil servants, petrol stations, okada/tricycle unions, park management, artisans, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Drivers Welfare in Biafraland, to shut down on that particular day in honour and remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines is unlawful. This is a threat to Sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Constitution.
“The laws of the land allow for freedom of movement and any attempt by any group including IPOB to force people from freely moving will be treated as treasonable , breach of public peace and confrontational which the Military and other security Agencies would not take lightly.
“IPOB has no right to restrict movement of persons and vehicles on May 30 as it is against section 41 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended) which provides that Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit therefrom.”
The activist urged IPOB to follow the path of Igbo apex social cultural group, Ohaneze who have been agitating for better deal for Ndigbos within the ambit of the law.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, said that he is in the struggle for secession not to make money but to ensure that the rights of the people of Biafra were restored.
He said: “This place where you are, is my father’s compound, the government house which is just over there is my father’s land too. He gave it to the state government.
“Look at my father there (pointing his direction), you see him, he is a very modest and simple man. Did you see him carrying an air around himself or flying aeroplanes? Yet the government house is his property. That is the kind of life I live.
“Politicians have been coming here to beg me to soft pedal on the struggle, but I know they are not sincere. They simply want to get into power. Money does not move me, in fact what will I be doing with all the money if I make it,” Kanu asked rhetorically.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV below of how Nnamdi Kanu was released after he had spent up to two years in detention.