Sit-At-Home: Ohaneze Requests Talks With Simon Ekpa

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has expressed its disapproval of the sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa, the factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The group’s President-General, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, released a statement urging residents of the South-east to disregard the two-week sit-at-home order and resume their lawful activities.

Mr. Iwuanyanwu condemned the continuous calls for sit-at-home in the region, attributing more than 250 deaths to the enforcement of this order. He expressed concern over the hardships and mayhem caused by non-state actors trying to enforce Mr. Ekpa’s illegal directive.

The Southeast region is known for its thriving micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises, as well as indigenous manufacturing, fabrication, and agro-allied industries. Mr. Iwuanyanwu highlighted that these sit-at-home orders have caused significant losses for the people, with authorities estimating the losses to be in trillions of naira per day.

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Notably, Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, had previously instructed Mr. Ekpa to stop issuing sit-at-home orders in the region. Referring to this directive, Mr. Iwuanyanwu called for talks with Simon Ekpa and his group, aiming to provide an opportunity for them to voice their grievances.

The president-general urged security operatives to exercise prudence in their duties to prevent further loss of innocent lives in Igboland and emphasized that the region cannot afford another two-week sit-at-home order, considering the economic and social consequences it has brought upon the people.

Chidalu Glory

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