The National Examination Council (NECO) says it is yet to confirm if some candidates missed its ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the south-east as claimed in some quarters.
Several candidates sat for the council’s mathematics exam held across the country on Monday.
But some candidates in the south-east were said to have missed the exam due to the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB had said it would enforce a lockdown every Monday — from August 9 — in the south-east until Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, is released.
Following his arrest in Kenya in June and extradition to Nigeria, Kanu was re-arraigned on charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for the separatist Republic of Biafra.
TheCable had reported how commercial activities were put on hold in many parts of the south-east following the sit-at-home order.
The development was said to have generated concerns among some of the students reportedly affected by the directive.
When contacted by TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday, Azeez Sanni, NECO’s spokesman, said the council’s field officers in the south-east are yet to reveal if candidates indeed missed the exam.
Sanni added that the council’s management has not taken any decision as regard the said disruption of its exam in the region.
“The management is yet to take a decision on that. We have not received reports from our field officers that some candidates were unable to sit for their exam,” he said.
Several Nigerians have also taken to social media, particularly Twitter, to express different opinions on the matter.
“Thousands of Igbo school children failed Maths in NECO exams, becos For the fear of their lives they missed out the exams by sitting at home. But here u are on social media celebrating “100% Sit-at-home” success,” a user wrote.
“Those of them that have written Neco, SSCE, WAEC and graduated, what have they done with it in Nigeria? Nothing. Many of them are jobless in Nigeria,” another user wrote.
Here’s what others had to say:
IPOB achieved at least 2 things today:Advertisement
– Burnt a man alive in the vehicle coz he disobeyed their sit-at-home order
– Scared students from going to exam centers to write their NECO Exams today, Maths precisely.
This is the reality of a Biafra-esque life.
— Olufunke Lawson (@bravefacefunkie) August 9, 2021Advertisement
Pan Igbo IPOB Secessionist Group scored a fatal home goal today. They jeopardised the future of young people in South East by enforcing a state at home on a day the NECO examination for Mathematics is supposed to hold. Implications? Without Mathematics most won't go to university https://t.co/e754SSnVO1
— Káyọ̀dé Ògúndámisí 🇳🇬 (@ogundamisi) August 9, 2021
They came up with NECO exam to emotionally blackmail IPOB to call off the #SitAtHome protests
If IPOB has given in, every Monday, the next blackmail will be Marriage, Burial, Graduation, business, ELECTION, Priestly Rite, etc before you know it they will demoralized you to go on
— B i a f r a T w i t t e r (@BiafranTweets) August 10, 2021
It breaks my heart that some students missed their NECO exams because of this #SitAtHome order. Dictatorship of any guise isn't part of Igbo culture. You can't condemn Buhari and replicate his authoritarianism, laced with despotic threats and arm-twisting tactics on the people.
— Olaudah Equiano® (@RealOlaudah) August 9, 2021
In Borno state, a governor ordered demolition of churches..in Benue church minister was abducted. Instead of you all being worried of the pregnant future, you are worried about NECO and IPOB Sit-At-Home.😔
— Oluchi System (@oluchisystem) August 9, 2021
Today was NECO Mathematics Exams. Igbo children all over Igbo land did not get the opportunity to sit for their exams. All to force a show of support for their leader.
Tell me how this isn't tyranny. Explain it to me. https://t.co/XDKYlfAgZA
— Decolonize The African State ☭ (@Kayode_ani) August 9, 2021
Southeast is open for business and Neco Examination till 16th August 2021.
This negotiation should start.
Self determination is not a crime rather a legitimate demand. @MaziNnamdiKanu @Referendum @Biafra
— Mychoice (@MyCHOIC17130461) August 10, 2021
Our children in the southeast have missed mathematics in NECO today. I am wondering if setting them back by one year is fair price to pay. The ipob #SitAtHome order on my mind.
— Ichie nwa Ichie (@chukz_d_sage) August 9, 2021
We condemn Boko haram for sacking students from schools in the North and you expect an applause for these ones who are stoping students from writing important exams? Not on your life!
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) August 9, 2021
In the past six years, please point out anybody who tried peaceful protest or dialogue with this government that were listened to. That said, most of us who are not okay with the sit at home even for neco students know that actions like that will not move Buhari and his cohorts.
— ICHIE OBANI© (@donmekxy) August 10, 2021
Most people holding unto Neco narrative is just using that as a blackmail to IPOB,we all know most WAEC students live inside or around the school during exams in SE…
— Pharm.Abata..#Drinkwater/love/peace..🇨🇦🇮🇱 (@KenEke20) August 9, 2021
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