In the wake of escalating tensions in Southeast Nigeria, the actions of Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa, have come under scrutiny. Ekpa, a self-proclaimed disciple of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been issuing sit-at-home orders that have significantly disrupted the region’s economic activities and instilled fear among the residents.
The socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged President Bola Tinubu to declare a state of emergency in response to these orders. The organization believes that such a move would compel Southeast governors to find a lasting solution to the crisis. The recent sit-at-home orders have led to an attempt to cripple the economic activities of the region, with Ebonyi, Anambra, and other states losing a significant number of productive days.
The situation in Ebonyi State is particularly concerning. Despite being one of the most peaceful states in the Southeast and not typically observing the sit-at-home orders, recent directives by Ekpa have led to an increase in the activities of gunmen trying to enforce the order. This has resulted in widespread fear among residents and significant financial losses for local businesses.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo leaders have expressed their determination to not allow Ekpa to destroy the economic activities of the Southeast. They have called for desperate action in desperate times and have expressed their support for President Tinubu in ensuring that this rebellion is squashed.
In response to the escalating tensions, local government council chairmen have reported calmness in their areas, and the Commissioner for Internal Security, Prince Etta Ude, has assured that the internal security department, in collaboration with security agencies, is working tirelessly to ensure the state’s security.
However, the situation remains tense, and the actions of Simon Ekpa continue to be a source of concern. The need for a swift and effective response is clear. The Southeast economy is under threat, and the time to act is now. The call for dialogue and negotiation is growing louder, with many believing that this is the best way to resolve the crisis and restore peace to the region.
Recent news reports indicate that the actions of Simon Ekpa are causing significant disruption and fear in the Southeast region. The need for a swift and effective response is clear, and the call for dialogue and negotiation is growing louder. The time to act is now.