The Abia State Government on Sunday rejected the sit-at-home order by the pro-Biafra group, IPOB, and urged parents to release their children to write the compulsory English Language WASSCE examination scheduled to take place nationwide today, Monday, and on Tuesday.
The state government said the IPOB order was not only illegal, but was meant to cause chaos in the South-east state.
“It is unacceptable to allow any individual or group to instill fear in our people to the extent of negatively impacting the education of our innocent school children,” the Commissioner for Information in the state, John Kalu, said in the statement.
The government asked parents to release their children for the examination, and leaders of market and transport unions to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed for regular activities in the state.
IPOB, which had been proscribed by the Nigerian government, has been agitating for an independent republic, Biafra, to be carved out from Nigeria.
The sit-at-home order, for every Monday, was meant to put pressure on the Nigerian government over the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is standing trial for treason in Abuja.
The group’s activities have led to killings and destruction in the South-east.