The principal Igbo socio-cultural association, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has supported Governor Peter Mbah’s recent decision to cancel the Monday stay-at-home directive in Enugu state.
In a statement released by Professor Fred O. Eze, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu state chapter, the organization acknowledged that discontinuing the sit-at-home order imposed by IPOB was a positive step forward.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State, commends the bravery and determination of the Governor in taking such a courageous initiative to end the negative effects of the sit-at-home order,” the statement emphasized.
Ohanaeze recalled the various strategies employed by the agitators before the Enugu State Government’s intervention to enforce the sit-at-home order.
“As a result, Enugu State has been plagued by an atmosphere of fear, causing people to refrain from conducting their businesses confidently. Mondays in Enugu State have essentially turned into unofficial holidays, disrupting regular economic and social activities,” the statement explained.
Consequently, the continuous adherence to the sit-at-home order has significantly impacted the economy of Enugu state, leading to the closure and relocation of businesses, decreased social infrastructure, reduced foreign direct investment, and substantial capital flight.
“Therefore, the action taken by the Enugu State Government is timely. The fact that Governor Peter Mba has also called for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and is actively working towards achieving that demonstrates the Governor’s understanding of the critical issues at stake,” Ohanaeze stressed.
The organization further highlighted the self-destructive nature of the sit-at-home order, which has disrupted productive assets and resources in the state since its imposition and enforcement.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo supports the cancellation of the order and urges IPOB to lay down their weapons and collaborate with the Enugu State Government in fostering a robust and sustainable economy.
“We make this plea knowing that the sit-at-home order is counterproductive and only inflicts harm upon the people they claim to be fighting for,” the statement affirmed.
Eze assured the State Government that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State, would cooperate in educating young individuals on effective ways to express their grievances.
He also appealed to parents, guardians, and the general public to join Governor Peter Mbah and his administration in permanently ending the sit-at-home.