IPOB sit-at-home: Nigerians debate impact on school children

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Nigerians have raised concerns about the impact of the continued sit-at-home by residents of the southeast on the education of children in the region.

Residents observe sit-at-home on Mondays and whenever IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu is scheduled to appear in court.

Although the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, called off the recurring Monday sit-at-home, warning those behind it to desist from its enforcement, commercial activities in Onitsha, Nnewi, Awka, and other cities in Anambra State remain grounded on Mondays.

IPOB, however, noted that official days for the sit-at-home would be days when Nnamdi Kanu appears in court.

DAILY POST observed that major businesses, including banks, motor parks, filling stations, markets, schools and roadside shops were shut, due to the order.

This development has been debated by Nigerians on social media who worry about the education of children in schools in the region.

While some Nigerians condemned the IPOB’s order asking the Federal Government to resolve the situation in the region, others supported the sit-at-home order describing it as a price for quality and freedom of Igbos.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter;

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@awolowo: “So kids in southeastern Nigeria miss school every Monday? Are we even thinking about the long-term impact of this?”

@Chikaodili: “Freedom is not gotten for free. A price need to be paid.”

@GladysGodwin15: “May neither NIGERIA nor Biafra happen to me. I don’t believe in replacing a problem with a bigger problem. you are fighting injustice and dictatorship with another injustice and dictatorship.”

@UncleChike1: “We are worried but we are also thinking about our kids finishing school and not having the equal opportunity as their mates from other parts of the country to gain entrance into higher institutions and to get jobs. Many finish school and come out to ride keke. Worrisome.”

@ChidiAgbomm: “There’s no BUT it’s a foolish decision to not let the kids go to school because you believe there wouldn’t be an opportunity when they finish. Have you paused to think educated people can create opportunities themselves? Please think again our kids must not be kept from school.”

@Particulars: “It’s total madness if I’m honest and children should never suffer due to the inability of adults to come to an agreement, the saddest part its the children of the poor that will suffer.”

@Johnnedi1: “Fridays are school-free days in far North and no one is bothered.”

@OnwuakorEmeka: “The South East and the South-South can easily adjust. The sit at home is not worst than genocide and good blockage, still, they survived to what the envy of others have become. Everything has a consequence, good or bad.”

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@Kehindephillips6: “This show that Nigeria is a failed state. The central system of government is not helping anyone in the geopolitical zone. FG is supposed to see to the needs of the agitator and see how things will work out.”

@Kylzbaba: “They included Saturday to replace Monday. Still a shit show regardless, the longer these people can mandate a sit at home, the more concentrated their power and eventually the harder it will be to take the power back from them.”

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