The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has sounded a note of warning to the authority with regard the approaching 2023 general election saying it may go the way of EndSARS Protest.
The EndSARs protest brought the country to a standstill in a way as youths took to the streets in the south demanding the scrapping of a unit of the police force, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, over the excesses of its men, a forceful demand the government later yielded to. Along the line, it was hijacked by hoodlums and police were being killed.
IPOB by its Media and Publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said there are pointers to a repeat of the incident over the coming poll.
According to him, “The current political atmosphere in the Nigeria election campaigns shows that the oppressed and disgruntled youths are on one side while the old who are comfortable with their oppressors are on the other side.
“You don’t need any prophet to tell you that this election may end up like 2020 #ENDSARS that brought the youths to the streets in protest across Nigeria.
“Recollect that the #ENDSARS mass protest led by the youths was infiltrated and hijacked by violent thugs on the payroll and at the behest of the Nigerian government and blamed on IPOB. The Nigerian government is warming up to do same again during this their selection process.
“If the Nigerian government keeps playing ostrich, this time around; what happened in Nigeria in October 2020 might be a child’s play to what will happen this time.”