Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senator representing Abia South, said Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, told him he never ordered Monday’s sit-at-homes.
Abaribe said Kanu revealed this when he and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and two bishops visited him in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
He lamented that the sit-at-home order was having a negative effect on the Southeast’s economy.
Yesterday, the legislator spoke at the inauguration of Jasper Nduagwuike as the 16th President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.
Abaribe lamented that businesses are relocating to other parts of the country due to insecurity in the southeast.
“What is happening in the Southeast is a tragedy. Every Monday people sit at home. IPOB has repeatedly said that it was not he who was enforcing the order. We don’t know who enforces it, nor does it look like we have a way to fix it.
“I went with Ike Ekweremadu and two bishops to DSS to see Nnamdi Kanu and he told us ‘I never said people should sit at home’. I told him nobody believed you. Because people said they don’t like it but they’re sitting at home There’s no way we’re surviving like this You’re sitting at home and the people you’re doing these things for are at Lagos and Abuja and they don’t care and you’re here killing your own people.
“Sitting at home is killing the Southeast economy. Most companies are now moving to other regions. The insecurity in the Southeast is the biggest problem we are currently facing. Even if you seek a separate country, why would you want to destroy your own country with your hands? We need a viable and undispersed country.
“We must ensure that the Southeast becomes like Catalonia, which despite its demand for independence is still the economic capital of Spain. Insecurity is the biggest problem in the Southeast and the sooner we tackle it, the better for us,” he said.