The youth wing of Igbo social-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has insisted on supporting the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in their new alliance with the Yoruba One Voice (YOV) in their quest for self-determination, AllNews reports.
Spokesman of the group, Osmond Nkeoma, disclosed this on Sunday in Owerri according to Daily Sun.
“Ohanaeze youths will continue to support the sit-at-home order of IPOB and YOV as long as it remains non-violent,” Nkeoma stated.
Recall AllNews reported last week that the outlawed IPOB and YOV issued a joint statement in respect of the plight of their people.
IPOB had declared a sit-at-home on October 1, 2020, to protest alleged killings and bad governance.
It stated that the exercise would hold in South East, South-South, and parts of the South West where agitation for Oduduwa Republic reverberates, as well as abroad.
According to YOV on its part, its proposed self-determination rally entitled: ‘Oodua Republic’ to sensitise the ethnic nationality globally on Independence Day remains intact.
Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu's pronounced strategy has been the application of civil disobedience in pressing home his demand for the freedom of his people.
In various air broadcasts, Kanu stated how his adoption of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi's forms of civil disobedience will lead to the "restoration of Biafra".
In an interview granted to Newsweek, Nnamdi Kanu opined his belief in the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, "I hope that what we are looking for can be accomplished peacefully. I am an advocate of passive resistance. Gandhi and Martin Luther King tried it to very good effects, so why should it not work in our case?"
Prior to the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria, IPOB had threatened to boycott the election.
According to Kanu, "It [the boycott] is a multi-faceted approach. It is civil disobedience, passive resistance, it is an expression of our resentment of Nigeria and what it represents".
His position on election boycotts was widely criticised by local Nigerian politicians who argued to the contrary.
On the eve of the election, Kanu lifted the boycott position and urged Biafrans to participate in the election.