On Tuesday, a meeting of South-East leaders in Enugu concluded with a declaration that no more sit-at-home protests will be held in the region.
Despite the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, announcing that the weekly sit-at-home has been canceled, the region has remained under lockdown on the first day of the week, with some unknown personnel implementing what IPOB described as a “non-existing order.”
However, at a meeting attended by political, religious, and traditional authorities, they stated that such an edict would no longer be tolerated.
Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, read a communiqué produced following the meeting.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (Host), Senator Hope Uzodimma, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, National Assembly members from the South East geopolitical zone, former Governors, former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), leaders of religious and traditional institutions from the zone, including leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, attended the meeting.
They hold a minute of silence at the start of the meeting for all those who have died as a result of the country’s security difficulties.
Full text of the communiqué below:
1. The Governors and leaders of the South East condemned the killings in the region and have agreed to join hands with security agencies to stop the killings;
2. The meeting condemned the sit-at-home orders, which are mostly issued by our people in diaspora who do not feel the pains, the meeting resolved that Governors and all people of
the south East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South East and that people are allowed to freely move about in the zone;
3. The meeting agreed that the South East Ebubeagu security outfit be launched in all the South East States and laws passed in various South East States before the end of 2021;
4. The meeting received the Committee report from Ohaneze on various matters affecting the South East, especially on the issue of security and marginalization of the South East people, and resolved to study the reports from Ohaneze Worldwide for immediate implementation, and engagement with the Federal Government for amicable settlement of all issues agitating the minds of our people, especially the youths;
5. The meeting agreed to support security agencies to restore peace in the South East;
6. Tne meeting resolved to support election in Anambra State and directed security agencies to ensure a peaceful election in Anambra State come November 6, 2021.
7. The meeting commended all groups and the clergy for their efforts at interfacing with our youths
8. The meeting mandated our clergy men, Bishops, CAN, Ohaneze and Traditional Rulers to continue to dialogue with our youths.
South-East leaders declare end to sit-at-home