Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has strongly opposed the directive issued by Simon Ekpa’s faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which called for a two-week sit-at-home protest in the state.
Governor Otti emphasized that the residents of Abia cannot afford to stay at home for such an extended period, highlighting the adverse consequences such an order would have on their livelihoods.
Speaking on Monday in Abuja during a security meeting convened by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, to address security issues in the South-East region, Governor Otti expressed concern that only a few individuals are benefiting from the sit-at-home order. He believes that these individuals are using fear to intimidate the people, and the government cannot allow them to succeed.
Governor Otti stressed that governments should not be threatened, and he issued a warning against the enforcement of the sit-at-home order. He stated that the order is null and void, as it poses a significant threat to the daily lives of the citizens, particularly those who rely on daily earnings to sustain themselves and their families.
During the security meeting, Governor Otti was present along with his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma. However, the Governors of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi were represented by their respective representatives.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the region will respond to the sit-at-home directive and the efforts of the state governments to address the security concerns and economic impacts in the Southeast.
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