'Participate In IPOB Sit-At-Home And Lose Your Shop', Umahi Warns Traders
The battle of supremacy is ongoing in most south eastern states.
Residents are torn between complying with the directive of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra group, IPOB to sit at home and the 'stay at home and lose your shop order' by the Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi.
The governor on Tuesday warned traders in the state that they risk the chance of losing their shops forever if they obey the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed group.
The group had called on their members to sit at home today May 30th as they honor all their members that have lost their lives in the struggle for the creation of Biafra.
Governor Umahi made the declaration while giving his democracy speech in Abakaliki, the state capital yesterday May 29th.
“Any trader that closes shop will forfeit the shop forever. Anybody that flouts this order will be decidedly dealt with. I ask Ebonyians to go about their businesses freely and peacefully.
"Let me say that when we the South-east governors say that we don’t want the activities of IPOB does not mean that we are very happy with the marginalisation of the South-east in the affairs of our nation. What we are saying is that IPOB is not doing it the right way.
"The right thing was what Ohanaeze did in the comity of Igbo sons and daughters. We do not need second colonisation. We do not need distraction.
"We want to strive, we want to continue. We believe in God. We with do everything to change our condition'' Governor Umahi said
In a related development, the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has also warned civil servants in the state to resume work today or risk having a sack.
The order contained in a statement issued by the Anambra state Head of Service, Harry Udu, is to ensure that the reisdents of the state do not comply with the directive of the proscribed group.