- * Says Igbo Govs Have Tried Their Best To Counter Pro-Biafra Group's Directive
- Anambra Gov Urges Citizens To Dare IPOB, Even Group Allegedly Deny Issuing Stay-at-home Order
By George Ituma (Ebonyi State Correspondent)
Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi has warned that the threat of hunger and starvation awaits citizens of Igboland who are complying with the indiscriminate stay-at-home order being issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The governor, who, along with some of his colleague governors in the South East is taking some measures to neutralize the IPOB's directive, also warned the Igbo citizens to realize that the sit-at-home order does not affect the southeast Governors and their families in any way.
Umahi stated this while inaugurating his Senior Special Adviser on Religion and Welfare Matters, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, as the new Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the South East Zone. He described the sit-at-home order as “war brought by the people upon themselves.”
Governor Umahi also stated the: “Governors of the South-East have done their best to check the situation and when people sit at home, it is not biting the governors. When you sit at home, there is food for the governors in their homes and some of their children are outside the country.”
He however warned that there were fears about the emergence of splinter groups carrying out their own agenda in the South-East, added that: “There had been sit-at-home this Monday and Tuesday and I heard there is another on Friday with the church’s own on Sunday.
“Another group might come up and declare their own on Wednesday and Thursday. Then the end will come. The situation will then be clear to the people but we implore the church to announce the dangers of this practice. The church can intervene through adequate enlightenment on the dire consequences of the sit-at-home order. Other geopolitical zones are not sitting at home and we are killing ourselves in the name of agitation.”
The National President of CAN, Rev. Sampson Ayokunle, who inaugurated the executive, however, tasked the new CAN Zonal Executives to use their new offices for the service of God and humanity.
“You should use the new offices to touch lives as official positions are meant to create impact, make differences in peoples’ lives and enhance productivity,” he stated.
Meanwhile, amidst conflicting stories of whether or not the leadership of IPOB actually directed the Monday and Tuesday Stay-at-home exercise, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, personally stormed the markets to urge people to come out and engage in their economic activities.
Obiano assured the already disillusioned citizens of the state that the state government will offer them protection against any molestation by IPOB members when they come out. He stated that the government and the people have the strong protective backing of the military, the police and other security agencies. NNL.