As the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) takes effect, governors from the south-eastern part of Nigeria have said there is no secession plan in the agenda of the Igbos.
While dissociating themselves from the sit-at-home order by IPOB and other such groups, the governors warned those championing the agitations to desist from it and allow people go about their businesses.
NAIJ.com reports that the order was on May 30, but in Lagos, many shops owned by Igbos were opened for business.
A visit to some of the markets in Lagos also showed that many business people from the region flouted the order.
Some told our correspondent that they support the agitation but not to their own detriment. “I and my children must eat now.
If I decide to stay at home today, who will feed me and the family,” one of the businessmen in Lagos, who refused to mention his name, said. The governors said the planned sit-at-home could plunge Igboland into irredeemable conflagration.
The New Telegraph also reports that the governors said the Igbos are not planning to secede because it is not in the interest of the zone.
“The South-East Governors are fully aware of the saturation of various news and information outlets, particularly the social media platforms, with the call by leaders of a movement known as IPOB, who are agitating for cessation from the Federal Republic of Nigeria and formation of sovereign state of Biafra, for a total shutdown of economic activities in the entire Eastern region on May 30, 2017.
“It would be a tragic dereliction of our responsibility as leaders if we failed to take a clear and definitive stand at this potentially explosive moment in the history of Ndigbo at home and in the Diaspora, and our compatriots within the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the governors said in a statement signed on behalf of the forum by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
The statement agreed that there are challenges but added that taking actions that will do nothing but further reduce the progress of the zone should not be the focus. The governors believe that negotiated settlement is the best strategy.