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Sit-at-home records partial compliance as Enugu youths protest economic hardship caused by the exercise

In their effort to end the lingering sit-at-home ordered by IPOB in the Southeast on Mondays, Enugu youths stormed the streets in peaceful protests. They are determined to end the IPOB’s illegal sit-at-home order.

 

The youths, in their numbers on Saturday, marched through major roads and streets in the Enugu metropolis. They carried placards with inscriptions: “Even Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is Against Sit-at-Home” and “Sit-at-Home discourages economic progress,” the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

 

According to News Agency of Nigeria, the Leader of Enugu Innovative Youths, Mr. Maduabuchi Edeani, said the youth are pushing to end the illegal order. He added, that even Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, was against it and had publicly called for its cancellation.

 

Edeani maintained that the sit-at-home order has brought untold hardships and poverty to Enugu State. And by extension, the entire Southeast.

 

“The illegal sit-at-home is causing so much havoc and making our education, health and economic institutions not function optimally and our people are counting their losses both as individuals, groups and corporate entities.

 

“We as youths in Enugu State are supporting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his stance to stop and totally cancel the illegal sit-at-home being engineered by a misguided Nigerian in Finland.

 

“We are here to let the world know that anybody supporting the illegal sit-at-home is against the South-East, good people of Enugu State and the future of youths in the state and South-East in general.

 

“I call on all youths in Enugu State and South-East to desist from supporting the anti-progressive, evil and illegal sit-at-home.

 

“It remains a wrong path and it will not do anybody any good, rather it will truncate our future and prospects in life as youths,” he added.

 

Edeani also appealed to the Federal Government to obey the court order to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He stated that it would help to reinvigorate the economy of the Southeast and curb the activities of hoodlums to an end.

 

A youth leader, Mr. Ebube Nebo, said that youths were tired of the sit-at-home order. He described the “Sit-at-home as a cankerworm that is gradually snowballing into a big monster of human and economic waste.

 

Nebo stated, “In all sincerity, we are suffering. It is not just about what the Enugu State Governor is doing to end it, We are indeed suffering and feeling the pains of our deprivation and losses, as result of the illegal sit-at-home order.

 

“As youths, it is affecting our education, employment, and entrepreneurial prospects. While our fathers and mothers, especially those in the villages and suburbs, are living in untold hardships.” Nebo said.

 

Nebo reiterated the displeasure of the Southeast over the continuous incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He, therefore, called for his freedom.

 

The youths marched through a distance of 30 kilometres within the Enugu metropolis. The areas covered included Okpara Square Road, Presidential Road, and Owerri Road. Other were Ogui Road, Lagos Street and Basiala Road, among others.

 

However, reports from the Coal City on Monday morning indicate partial compliance to the order.

 

According to the News Hour, an online publication, many of the roads in the State Capital were deserted. It was however, observed that there were movement of people in the early hours of the day.

 

The popular Holy Ghost motor park, about six luxurious buses fully leaded enroute to Lagos. The buses left as early as 7 am.

 

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