The Abia State Government and National Union of Imo State Students (NUISS) have both rejected the continued stay at home on Mondays in the South East as ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Though the order was later rescinded, the people of the zone had been staying indoors over fears of being attacked by IPOB members.
However, the Abia State Government in a statement by its Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said the continued stay at home was not good for students, especially those in Senior Secondary School 3 who are writing their final external examinations.
NUISS, in a statement by its National President, Comrade Ahamba Bestman, said it won’t augur well for the SS3 students.
Bestman said in a statement: “Following the receipt of over 87 mails on our NUISS Online Web Report Desk from Imo state students schooling in different secondary schools and colleges within Imo state, drawing our attention to a ‘Monday sit-at-home rumour’, we wish to state that Imo students of senior secondary three class levels (SS 3) are still taking their West African Examinations and as such have papers to sit for on Monday, 13th September 2021 and therefore will not abide to any order that abates disenfranchisement.
“The National Union of Imo state students (NUISS) having gotten a ‘no shaking nod’ from our National Grand Patron and Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, urge all Imo students sitting for the WAEC examination to go about their academic businesses as security is reliable endo-distant to guarantee the safety of all.
“While thanking the security agencies in Imo state for manifest orderliness and relative peace in our environs, we urge them to establish the Police-Students Relations Committee (PSRC) for better intelligence gathering and progressive partnership. We urge the security agents to be at their best tomorrow for the safety of Imolites especially Imo students.
“Aluta Continua! Victoria Ascerta!!!”
Kalu said in his own statement on Sunday:
“Our people are also hereby advised to promptly report any individual or group that attempts to harass, molest, intimidate or stop law abiding citizens, especially our school children, from exercising their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement to the police through the following numbers: 08035415405, 08079210003, 0807921000 and 08079210005.
“We cannot continue to cut our nose to spite our face!
“Our people are wise and historically known to exercise wisdom in handling issues no matter the provocation. It is unthinkable that any Igbo man will want to cut his nose to spite his face especially in these circumstances that may adversely affect the future of our innocent children and we must all rise collectively to do the needful: protect our children’s education and ensure that those who may wish us evil as a people do not succeed in provoking us to destroy our means of livelihood at a time we are yet to recover from the economic challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 and EndSARS protests that necessitated the prolonged shut down of businesses only recently.
“Chenu uche, Ndigbo!”