According to the socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the ongoing unrest in the South East is an effort to split the Igbo.
A faction of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Simon Ekpa in Finland has enforced a week-long sit-at-home in the region, which has been the subject of pockets of violent attacks for months. However, in recent weeks, non-state actors have turned the geopolitical zone into a hotbed of mindless attacks and wanton killings.
Ohanaeze is requesting that President Bola Tinubu proclaim a state of Emergency over the Southeast’s sit-at-home order in order to handle the region’s worsening security problem.
Ohanaeze claimed that declaring a state of emergency will force Southeast governors to sit tight and find a long-term solution.
Ohanaeze’s Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the body would not allow Ekpa to destroy the economic activities of the Southeast.
Speaking during an interview with Daily Post on Sunday, Isiguzoro accused former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, of not speaking against the sit-at-home order.
He said “A desperate moment needs desperate action. We want to warn again that Ohanaeze will not fold its arms and allow miscreants to destroy economic activities in the Southeast.
“If possible, where this sit-at-home is happening should be declared a state of emergency. This is what Tinubu would do that will make the Southeast governors sit up and find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Ekpa has declared a second Biafra War, which Igbos are not ready to fight. Igbos are supporting Tinubu and would assist in ensuring that this rebellion is squashed.
“Ekpa’s action is an attempt to divide Igbos, and we wonder why Peter Obi and the rest are not talking. We hope this is not a conspiracy against the president.”