Biafra: Why IPOB’s sit-at-home order will fail – Security expert, Udegbunam

Biafra: Why IPOB’s sit-at-home order will fail – Security expert, Udegbunam



Kingsley Udegbunam, an expert in peace, conflict, human security and counter terrorism has revealed why the proposed sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, will fail.

Udegbunam, a senior lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, said the proposed sit-at-home protests across the South-East may not record much success in the midst of IPOB’s proscription.

Addressing journalists in Nsukka, the Senior lecturer said IPOB’s waning influence and the disappearance of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu may affect the proposed protest.

The security expert also cited the ideological difference between IPOB and other pro-Biafra groups like the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, as reasons the planned sit-at-home will fail.

The lecturer disagreed with the Federal Government that IPOB was a terrorist organization.

He insisted that IPOB lacked the characteristics as prescribed by law and international statutes for a group to be tagged a terrorist organisation.

Udegbunam said, “It is plausible for me to argue that it will hold but the level of success might not be like the last one.

“In fact, I foresee a situation where majority of Easterners will ignore the sit-at-home order because of the waning influence of IPOB.

“Again, Biafra Independence Movement has come to challenge the sit at home order. So, there is a crack in the ranks of Biafra agitators, that is IPOB, MASSOB and BIM.”

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