Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has weighed in on the implications and socio-economic consequences of the sit-at-home order and called for it to be lifted.
It’s no secret that Nigeria’s South East has been hit hard by the sit-at-home order. Former Enugu State Governor, Senator Enugu East Senatorial District, lamented this situation in his Senate testimony.
According to a statement released by Nnamani in Abuja, the sit-at-home order, the movement has resulted in attacks on citizens going about their legitimate business.
Igbambo (hustle), akonuche (cot of wisdom), and njepu (sojourn) are the three pillars of Igbo character, according to Senator Nnamani, who argues that staying at home is a betrayal of Igbo interests.
Senator Nnamani also wants the sit-at-home order to be revoked immediately because of the damage it has caused to the Igbo economy and psyche.
It read: “Most of our people live on a daily income. Think of the market women who rely on their daily earnings to feed their families and provide for them. Imagine a situation where students who are taking external exams are denied access to the testing centers.
Where do slavery, starvation, etc., fit into our quest for fairness and justice? Should we reject ourselves if others do? It’s obvious that sitting at home isn’t going to get us anywhere. There is no way we can give up on ourselves without a fight.
When it comes to the Nigerian federation’s struggle for equity and justice, we cannot unintentionally exacerbate the damage we’ve already done by staying home. So, he said, “let the wise prevail”.
This is the reason why Senator Nnamani is appealing to all people of goodwill in South East Zone to prevail on those who advocate a stay-at-home strategy to restore normalcy there.
A violent agitation, he said, would be abhorrent to him, adding that with tenacity, a quest for equity and justice would be realized.