The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has recently declared that every Monday will now be recognized as an “Economic Empowerment Day” throughout the entire South-East region.
The purpose behind this decision is to assist the people of the area in gathering resources and taking necessary steps to counter the negative consequences that have resulted from the prolonged sit-at-home protests, specifically on the economy, education, and social sectors.
Emma Powerful, the spokesperson of the group, conveyed this information in a statement released on Saturday.
This resolution comes in the wake of the annulment of all forms of sit-at-home protests in the South-East, as mentioned in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s handwritten letter, which was recently disclosed by his lawyer, Alloy Ejimakor.
The statement read, “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 the massive deployment of their resources for the empowerment of 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 great 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.”
The group reiterated that Kanu’s handwritten letter, which conveyed his message cancelling sit-at-home in the entire South-East, was never written under any duress, compulsion, or influence of any kind.
“Anybody questioning the authenticity of the handwritten letter suspending further Monday sit-at-home is patently dishonest and not worthy to be called a Biafran. Anybody who claims to know Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will also know that nobody will be courageous enough to coerce him to do anything that will jeopardise the restoration of Biafra.
“Therefore, enough is enough. It is time we consolidate efforts to rebuild our once-envied Eastern region,” the group added.