Sit-at-home: All Flags Must Fly Very High in South-east, Umahi Declares – THISDAY Newspapers
Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki
Contrary to the directives of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) that all flags should be brought down in all Igbo land, the South-east Governors Forum has declared that all flags must be flying very high on October 1. The governors, who described the sit-at-home as deceit, noted that they were not against any peaceful agitation including agitations at homes.The chairman of the forum and Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, noted that the people of the region still believe in one and united Nigeria where there’s justice, equity and love.
He called on the people of the zone to understand that the sit-at-home and those who are orchestrating it were paid per hour to destabilize the region.“All flags must be flying very high tomorrow, in fact, it should fly higher tomorrow and we believe in one, equitable fair Nigeria and we will fair better in united Nigeria where there is justice, equity and love. In fact, it should fly higher tomorrow and we believe in one, equitable fair Nigeria and we will fair better in united Nigeria where there is justice, equity and love”.“Ebonyi people have been so much deprived in the past, turned to house boys and house girls because of this sit-at-home and we are in a hurry to catch up with others.
So, we are not going to be sitting down at home. And so, anybody that says sit-at-home, Ebonyi people will not sit-at-home,” he said.“ I am calling on the entire south east to understand this sit-at-home and those who are orchestrating this sit-at-home are our brothers outside this country who are paid per hour and so, they find it very difficult to feel very comfortable for them to be at work and ask us to sit-at-home. They are working to be paid to have means of livelihood the same way we are working to be paid to have means of livelihood. If they truly mean it and they want to ask us to sit-at-home, all the south east people thatoutside this country should be sincere.
Any day they want us to sit-at-home, let them also sit-at-home and see whether they will not be repatriated because they will have nothing to pay for their livelihood. So, it is all about deceit,” the governor said.The Umahi also condemned the insecurity in the South east orchestrated by their own people that are tagged unknown gunmen and further appealed that the killings should stop forthwith.“Those who are being killed here in confrontation with security agencies, they are our children, they are our sons and daughters belonging to some of us who are at home. So, I want us to disregard this sit-at-home.
Nobody all of the world is against peaceful agitations including agitations at home. We have agitations everyday; husbands versus wives, children versus father, even house boys/house girls versus the mother of the house. So, there is always agitations. So, agitation is natural, its fundamental but there is nobody who carries gun and wants to kill another person in the name of anything is justifiable”.“We condemn in totality the insecurity in south east orchestrated by our own people that is tagged unknown gunmen and I appeal on behalf of the governors that this should come to a stop. We are very mobile people, restricting our people is to destroy us and I am sure that every man and woman in south east knows that”.“We strongly condemn the ugly killing of Dr. Chike, a notable medical Doctor and we don’t know the reason for that killing and other killings not less than 12 within the past weeks.
It so terrible and so bad, fear has been inflicted into our people and this is very un-cultural. We appeal to this youths to lay down their arms. I don’t know why there should be insecurity, I don’t know why there should be killings, I don’t know why they should inflict fears in the minds of our people. This is very uncalled for and I am warning that the south east people, their youths may one day rise up against these very few people doing this thing. It is a total war against our people and we are calling that it should stop”.