During the recent National Assembly session, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia South sponsored a motion requesting the federal government to resolve the lingering sit-at-home crisis in the country’s southeastern area.
Senator Abaribe recalled a previous visit he made to speak with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu while he was in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), accompanied by Ike Ekweremadu, two bishops, and the leader of Ohanaeze Ndi’igbo.
Nnamdi Kanu informed them during this visit that Simon Ekpa did not represent him and that he had no relation to the sit-at-home instruction. The senators had questioned Kanu about the origins of the sit-in orders that were raising concern among their constituents.
After the visit, Senator Abaribe convened a meeting with all the leaders from the southeast to relay Nnamdi Kanu’s statements. However, despite this clarification, certain troublemakers continued to enforce the sit-at-home orders on Mondays, resorting to violence and publicizing these acts, which instilled fear among the population.
Senator Abaribe also disclosed an interaction he had with market leaders in Abia state. He inquired about their compliance with the sit-at-home orders, and they revealed that they felt compelled to follow the directive due to threats of violence from criminals if they refused to obey.
Abaribe said that apart from those who support these criminal elements, no one in the southeast is in favor of their actions. He personally engaged with the Finnish embassy and the head of the United Nations in Nigeria, both of whom are from Finland, and was informed that the resolution to this issue would require government-to-government interactions.