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Why Northern Groups Have Threatened to Revoke Igbo Businesses That Obey IPOB's Sit-At-Home Order

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The political temperature in the country is rising, but the situation has been made more severe by the activities and declaration of various socio-political groups in the country.

For example, the Indigenous People of Biafra recently threatened to ground the country by declaring a one-month sit-at-home order in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is in detention and has been accused of terrorism by the Nigerian state.

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A coalition of over 60 Northern Group immediately countered by issuing a threat of their own. In a Punch report, the spokesman of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman declared that they are going to invoke the businesses of any Northern based Igbo person that partake in the Sit-at-home. 

Why did the Northern coalition make such a threat against Ndigbos? That shall be the focus of this article.

compliance with the Sit-at-home threatens the peaceful co-existence that exist between the Igbo and Hausa communities in the North

While addressing the press, Suleiman reinforced the fact that the North has no problem with the Ndigbos and always seek ways for both communities to live in peace. However, if the Igbo businesses chose to take part in IPOB sit-at-home orders, it means they have broken the bond and trust that exist between both communities. This also could breed a lack of trust and respect between both communities.

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Like President Muhammadu Buhari recently said, the Igbos have businesses scattered all over the country. In particular, the Igbos business community have a deep history with the north that goes back many years, so it makes sense for them to be careful and not engage in a sit-at-home directive that could destroy their multi-billion naira investments in the Northern region. 

Those who comply with IPOB’s sit-at-home action have declared themselves enemies of the country and the North

The groups’ spokesperson also said that any Northern based Igbo business that takes part in the IPOB order has exposed where his or her loyalty lies. They have unwittingly exposed the fact that they owe their solidarity to IPOB and not the Nigerian state or the north where they do their business and they are enemies of the country. This could be seen as a conspiracy against the North which could, in turn, undermine trust and friendship between the Igbo and Hausa communities. 

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Abdul-Azeez Suleiman Biafra Indigenous People Northern Group Tribune


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