•Igbo economy getting destroyed — Abia businessman
•We are dying of hunger — Anambra artisans
•It has destroyed our family life — Awka residents
•Our Govs have woefully failed us — Enugu residents
•SE residents now relocating to other places
The pains are too much on the people of the region. More disturbing is the fact that this hardship is being inflicted on the people by their brothers. IPOB that started this has announced the suspension of the weekly Monday sit-at-home, but it is still going on, with more destructions.
Many families have lost their dear ones to this irresponsible action. This is said to be encouraged by a factional IPOB. Even the mainstream IPOB is not helping matters as they continue to call for sit-at-home whenever their leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s court case comes up. It is in doubt if this action helps the case.
There is no doubt that a lot of Igbo people sympathize with the cause of IPOB and Kanu’s fate, but the destructive sit-at-home is fast prompting them to change their minds, which is becoming a big minus for them.
The situation has got so bad that a prominent Igbo leader and elder statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, who has always stood by IPOB, cautioning that they should never get involved in any violent action, has expressed disappointment over some of their activities and threatened to withdraw his support and efforts towards the release of Nnamdi Kanu. Besides him, other leaders and groups have also expressed disappointment over the sit-at-home and its negative effects on the general life of the South- East people.
The nonagenarian was said to have written to Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the detained leader of the IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, complaining about the conduct of some IPOB leaders. Amechi said it appeared that some persons were making money from Kanu’s plight.
Amechi expressed unhappiness that while he is leading a peace negotiation team for the release of Mazi Kanu and other Igbo issues, the leaders of IPOB are making inciting utterances and issuing sit-at-home orders that are threatening the chances of Kanu’s release. He lamented that their sit-at-home order is ruining Igbo economy, and also sabotaging the effort to release Nnamdi Kanu. He charged them to stop such actions.
The foremost elder statesman sought Ejiofor’s intervention on inimical actions of some IPOB leaders which he said was not encouraging healthy discussion and negotiation for the release of their leader. He threatened to back out of negotiation if they don’t stop such actions.
“I have personally contacted Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and expressed my concerns and sought for his intervention about the action of some IPOB leaders which is endangering the ongoing discussion and negotiation about the release of Nnamdi Kanu and the Igbo question.