Sit at Home Order in the South East: The Way Forward

Every Monday across the South Eastern part of Nigeria, people are made to observe what is regarded as “Sit-At-Home”, which was declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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It started off with the directive by IPOB that there shall be no business activity in the south east on the 30th of May every year, in commemoration of what was termed ‘Biafra Day’, which was the day Lt. Col Odimegwu Ojukwu declared the secession of Biafra from Nigeria in 1967.

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This weekly Monday sit-at-home order initially given by IPOB was in protest of the detention of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu who is being detained by the Nigerian government. It kicked off slowly but soon gained traction with time, fueled by the spate of insecurity and uncertainty which is bedevïling the south east currently.

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Due to the untold economic implications of the sit-at-home order on the people of the south east, known primarily as a hub for trade and commerce, there were wide consultations among Igbo leaders and elites in the political class and they appealed to the IPOB to reconsider their stand on the order because no one has to cut its nose to spite the face; it’s like someone shooting itself in the leg.

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IPOB later came out with a press release, stating that the sit-at-home order has been cancelled. But there’s still unwillingness on the part of the people to go out and carry out any activity on Mondays in the south east, owing to the fear of uncertainty.

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This is a very sensitive issue, but no matter how sensitive an issue seem to appear, it must be brought to the ironing table where it is expected to receive adequate and positive deliberations leading to a lasting solution.

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Now the question here is: Where do we go from here as a people? What do you think is the best way forward to ensure that these issues are resolved to put an end to the carnage the south east is witnessing in recent times?

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