IPOB’s sit-at-home mostly supported by people older than 50 — Survey
People older than 50 years showed the largest support for the sit-at-home order in South-East by a proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The directive by the group was in protest of the incarceration of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested in June 2021 after he jumped bail in 2017 claiming he fled for the safety of his life.
The Nigeria federal government remain mute on the disclosure of the country where Kanu was rearrested. However, there were claims it is Kenya.
Kanu’s charge borders on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.
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A survey conducted by SBM Intelligence revealed the sit-at-home order by IPOB is mostly supported by residents of the South Eastern states who are older than 50 and more likely to retire.
According to the survey report; “Respondents older than 50, who are more likely to be retired, showed the largest share of support for the protests (40%), while the protests enjoyed the least share of support among young people between 18-30 years with only 23.1% expressing support for it.
“This is contrary to the general perception which had indicated that IPOB’s strongest support comes from young people who do not have the lived experience of the Nigerian Civil War and the years succeeding it”.
Meanwhile, Imo State Government reportedly shut down some banks in the state for obeying the Monday sit-at-home protest issued by the proscribed group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Likewise, the Abia state government warned traders in the state not to obey the Monday sit-at-home directive by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to a statement made available to newsmen, the state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said; “Any market that is closed or transport union that fails to operate will be closed and disbanded, respectively, by the government till further notice”.