In a bid to find a solution to the recurring sit-at-home protests on Mondays in the South-East region, the ‘Otu Oka-Iwu Nigeria,’ a collective of Igbo lawyers in Lagos, has called upon the governors of the South-East to join forces and address the ongoing conundrum.
During its inaugural news conference in Lagos, the President of ‘Otu Oka-Iwu Nigeria,’ Mazi Okechukwu Unegbu, emphasized the need for the governors to collaborate effectively to combat the adverse impact of the sit-at-home protests on the region’s economy.
Unegbu expressed concern that the sit-at-home actions have had significant economic consequences for Igboland. To remedy this situation, he urged the South-East governors to come together and devise a comprehensive strategy to address the ongoing protests.
“The sit-at-home conundrum in Igboland on Mondays is now a norm and people believe that if you go out on Mondays you are on your own as there is no guarantee of your returning home safe.
“We appear to have been abandoned by the government that campaigned that we should elect them to protect us. We are using this medium to call on the government to come to our aid in Igboland,” he said.
He also decried the security challenge in the country, especially in Igboland, which is affecting the economic growth and development of the South-East.
“Igboland has been turned into a killing field where no person, old or young, is safe. It is the responsibility of the government, both at the centre and the regions, to secure the lives and property of the inhabitants.
“We observe with pains in our hearts the wanton destruction of the Igboland economy. Igboland, before now, was bubbling with activities from the Onitsha-Nnewi axis through the Aba-Orlu axis.
“Today, the story is in the past and this has given rise to a comatose economy without direction and no substance.
“We must all do something to bring back those days of old where the young challenge nature to a wrestling contest for ideas where the young in our communities will surely come out victorious.
“We should go back to the drawing board and discover where we got it wrong before it is too late.
“We are a group that believes in the unity of this great country, Nigeria. We have no other country to call our own,” Unegbu said.
He also decried the education deficit in the region, noting that Igboland was known for educational activities in the past.
“Today, the children in Igboland appear to have lost interest in education which is signalling a dangerous trend.
“There was a time it was like a competition as to which of the states will take the first position in the WAEC ranking of states after the examinations.
“Today, what we hear is that our children are showing negative trends to pursue education or they are interested in getting rich through fraudulent activities.
“We call on the governments in Igboland to take action to reverse this unwholesome method before things get worse,” Unegbu said.