The Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, says that the sit-at-home directives given by pro-Biafra agitators in the South-East for May 30 should be optional.
Ekweremadu disclosed this on Sunday, during the Inter-denominational church service at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Abakaliki, to mark the 2017 Democracy Day and the second year in office of Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi.
Recall that the Nigerian police recently gave a stern warning to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), following their call that all citizens of the South-East should stay at home on May 30 to commemorate the 50 years founding of Biafra.
Ekweremadu said: “Individuals who operate private businesses and want to stay-at-home on that day should stay, while those who want to operate their businesses should be allowed to do so.
“I believe that civil and public workers should be ready to go to work on that day as I appeal that no group should force people to stay at home against their wishes,” he added.
“The struggles and concerns are genuine but with the collaboration of all and constructive engagement, we will surely get to our destination no matter how long it takes.
“Black Americans agitated for a long time before Barack Obama became president in 2008, likewise in India, it took constructive engagement for the people to actualise their agitation.
“South Africa despite racial disturbances and black oppression, employed constructive engagement and intervention of the western world and African interests such as Nigeria’s, to dismantle apartheid,” Ekweremadu.
He also congratulated the people of Ebonyi on the second year in office of their governor stating that the state had matured politically and socially, and any indigene could aspire for any political office in the state.