Following a declaration by the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to end the routine sit-at-home in the southeast, the separatist group declared Mondays as an “economic empowerment day” in the region.
The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the economic empowerment day aims to mobilise resources in an attempt to restore all the financial losses caused by the sit-at-home order that lasted for about two years
We recalls that the IPOB 2021 initiated the Monday sit-at-home order to protest the release of its leader, Kanu.
A development that has reportedly weakened the economy of several states in the region.
However, Kanubin, a handwritten letter through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, recently cancelled all forms of sit-at-home.
IPOB sequel to this declaration said, “Following the total cancellation of all forms of sit-at-home in the entire South-East, as clearly and unequivocally stated in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s handwritten letter, he has therefore directed the people, to henceforth, set aside every Monday as an ‘economic empowerment day’ in the entire South-East.
“Economic Empowerment Day connotes a day set aside for mass mobilisation of Biafrans to devote their resources and means towards reversing the sharp and unprecedented decline in the economic, educational, and social needs of our people occasioned by the prolonged sit-at-home.
“During this exercise, the people are encouraged to embark on a massive deployment of their resources to empower the educationally disadvantaged and poverty-ridden population of our people.
“Through education, employment, health services, sense of identity and community, our people and, indeed, the eastern region can begin to thrive and grow.
“There is an urgent need to reclaim our lost glory by embarking on empowering Biafrans with the resources they need to live beyond mere subsistence, as our people are known globally for hard work, resilience, and outstanding achievements.
“The implication of this Economic Empowerment Day is that Biafrans are expected to devote significant time to adhere to their routine calendar schedule template strictly and uninterruptedly with a view to making up for the humongous time lost to the activities of misguided enforcers of unsanctioned Monday sit-at-home order.”