August 3, 2021
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A group, under the auspices of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, a socio-political pressure group, has advised the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to jettison its planned sit-at-home order built for Monday.

A release co-signed by the Group’s President-General, Goodluck Ibem and Secretary-General, Kanice Igwe and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Tuesday, urged the group to review their decision for the interest of the people of the zone.

The group, while reacting to social media reports that the Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB planned to enforce a sit-at-home order in the southeast zone every Monday with effect from Monday, August 9, called on the proscribed group to reconsider the move. 

The pressure group decried the possible economic effects of the proposed order on Nigerians in the zone, adding that many families relied on a daily income to put food on the table. 

He said: “We understand that the right to self-determination to which Nigerians are entitled is an instrument of international law, but shutting down businesses and economic activities on Mondays is not a sign of economic wisdom.”

The group appealed to the body to consider the current harsh economic realities biting hard on not only Ndigbo (Igbo people) but the entire nation at such an  excruciating moment. 

They said: “Alaigbo (Igbo land) is a business haven and any activity that hinders this may deny the place and its people their economic survival; self annihilation has never won any cause in the history of mankind.”

The youth, however, called on stakeholders to see to the advancement of peace in the region at all times while urging government at all levels to use the carrot and stick approach in handling matters of self-determination.

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