By Uzo Ugwunze
The former President Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Anambra State chapter, Elder Chris Eluemuno has decried the continued observation of Sit-at-home every Monday in the South-East saying that it hurts the economy of the Igbos.
Speaking to newsmen at his country home, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area, Elder Eluemuno urged Ndigbo to ignore rumours forbidding people from coming out on Mondays but shun fear and go about their normal business.
Eluemuno reiterated that the leadership of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had cancelled the Monday Sit-at-home excepting days Mazi Nnamdi Kanu were to appear in court.
“Sit-at-home is only on those days when Nnamdi Kanu is to appear in court, we show him solidarity and respect. Any other Sit-at-home is anti IPOB.
“This Sit-at-home is not hurting the whole Nigeria but the economy of we Igbos.The ordinary housewife or young man who must go to market on daily basis to hustle is left hungry.
“We Igbos are known for ‘Oso afia’. One may not have a shop but goes to market hoping to connect a customer with goods to receive a ‘commission’ or percentage is denied his daily bread.
“A poor woman who hawks fruits to keep her family alive is denied. We Igbos especially in Anambra are known for buying and selling, individuals and State governments lose billions of naira every Monday.
“We know and respect the IPOB led by Nnamdi. They have a mission and I believe in that mission because I am a Biafran who fought in Biafran war, that is, if Federal Government refuse restructuring.
“Sit-at-home should be discouraged. According to IPOB any other group trying to enforce every Monday Sit-at-home should be dealt with. They are fighting Igbo people.
“It is fear that is keeping people inside, those around during the Civil war can never have this kind of fear. Ignore what they are posting in the social media and do your normal businesses.”
Moreover, Eluemuno after congratulating the Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof. Charles Soludo tasked him to build on the foundation laid by Peter Obi and the present administration.
Elder Eluemuno advised anyone aggrieved by the outcome of the election to bear it saying that litigation would only breed acrimony and hatred among Ndi Anambra.