Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, said the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is inflicting more injuries on Igbo people with its sit-at-home order declared every Monday.
IPOB issued the directive to push for the release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
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The former governor of Enugu State, who represents Enugu East Senatorial District, said in a statement that the order was a betrayal of South East interest and has grounded the South East economy.
Senator Nnamani, therefore, called for the cessation of the sit-at-home directive because of the continuous damage to the economy and psyche of the Igbo people.
He said: “Most of our people live on daily income. Think of the market women who depend on daily earnings to feed their families. Think of students writing external examinations being denied access to the venues.
“How does enslaving our people, denial of means of livelihood add value to our quest for equity and justice? If others reject us, should we also reject ourselves?
“It stands to reason that this sit-at-home cannot be a way forward. We cannot abandon ourselves.
“In our struggle for equity and justice in the Nigerian federation, we cannot inadvertently inflict more injuries on ourselves by this sit-at-home. Let wise counsel prevail.”
Senator Nnamani called on all men and women of goodwill to prevail on the protagonists of sit-at-home to restore normalcy in South East Zone.