Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization, has warned against the harsh effects of the planned one-week sit-at-home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the southeast region.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Ohanaeze Secretary General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro.
The statement maintained that the planned one-week sit-at-home declared by the group was gradually having severe and destructive impacts on the genuine quest of the people to enhance and harness the economic potentials of the southeast for her development.
According to the Igbo body, “proponents of sit-at-home are not observing the exercise at abroad where they residents. In Asia, Europe, and America, ndigbo are wiser now than before. No more sit-at-home. We are in support of out-of-court settlements that will make Nnamdi Kanu regain his freedom, not through absurd enslavement of the people with the one week planned sit-at-home exercise”.
Ohanaeze further echoed the call for genuine dialogue between internally displaced Igbo politicians as well as the people; especially, to end the revolt against the elites.
It said, “We observed that Igbos’ loyalty to non state actors has been abused; as they have pounced on the confidence of Ndigbo; through the absurdity of sit-at-home; and which also is conceived to obliterate the established investments in region; owned by southeast elites and politicians.
“These proponents of sit-at-home are not local investors, entrepreneurs and importers. The idea of sit-at-home is geared towards the destruction of targeted established investments of corrupt politicians; and elites since they are without any visible investments.
“The past sit-at-home by IPOB had destroyed the academic activities, small businesses; and artisans who depend on daily trade and services to feed their households. IPOB leaders don’t have any visible investments in the southeast; they are only using Ndigbo as baits and pawns against the Igbo political class especially on Anambra elections.
“The consequences of their actions might be detrimental and pernicious; to the point where federal government will eventually deploy the super tuscon fighter jets to the southeast; in pretense to quell the fallout from the one week sit-at-home. Ndigbo should henceforth break from the local siege of proponents of sit-at-home; without investments in the southeast zone”, the apex body concluded.