The South-East Governors and traditional rulers criticised the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Monday sit-at-home order on Tuesday, October 5, saying it had harmed the region’s economy.
The leaders declared after their meeting at Government House in Enugu on Tuesday that such an order could no longer be supported because those who issued it live outside the nation.
The leaders refused to reference the incarceration of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in their eight-point statement.
David Umahi, the chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and the governor of Ebonyi State, who delivered the governors’ resolutions, said:
“The South-East condemned the killings in the region and have agreed to join hands with security agencies to stop the killings.
“The meeting condemned the sit-at-home orders, which are mostly issued by our people in diaspora who do not feel the pains.
“In view of the information that even IPOB had cancelled the sit-at-home, the meeting resolved that governors and all people of the South East do everything within the law to ensure that there is no further sit-at-home in the South East and that people are allowed to freely move about in the zone.”
In other news, Adams Oshiomhole, the former Governor of Edo State, has stated that leadership is a matter of heart more than age.
The former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress said it is very dangerous to reduce leadership and challenges of government in Nigeria to age and gender during a book presentation.
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Older Nigerians, according to Oshimhole, believe the country can do better and have ideas about how to handle it.
“It is very dangerous to reduce governance and issues of government in Nigeria to age, and even the question of gender.
“When we are talking about gender issue, what drives a woman is not the skirt or blouse that she wears, it is our heart.
“I want us to move our heart away from what we hear that when the people are young, things will be fine. The Vice President and I served at a committee before I was brought to where I am.
“Did we really find any correlation between the values, the ideal, competence and performance of people who occupied executive position and those who occupied legislative houses?
“The views they parroted, the decisions they took, and their idea of society; was it in correlation with their age and those views? I haven’t found any.
“I have found elderly people who care and believe Nigeria can do better and they have idea of how it can be managed. I also have young people who believe life is a super highway.
“I don’t want to be misunderstood. The young people have the right to participate and to be active in every sphere of life.”