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[Opinion] Why sit-at-home in the S'East may be affecting Nigeria's economy

Insecurity and seccession activities in the South East Nigeria has brought about some unpredictable situations in the East, and Nigeria at large. While the South East is the host of the insecurity, it also affects the nation at large.

But some people have different views on the incident. Some think that since the sit-at-home is being observed in the South East, that it is the South East that is suffering the pains. Contrary to this opinion, the sit-at-home is also affecting other Nigerians and the economy too. Once one of your fingers is in trouble, all of your body will be in trouble. The South East is the business hub of the nation. Once the zone is closed, those who come to buy goods will not see any goods to buy. Those who the South East patronizes will be out of business too.

Also, in the South East, there are many government institutions, like schools, and places where both the state and federal governments collect taxes and fees. Those places also suffer setbacks on Mondays because of the sit-at-home rule. It is not proper to think that the economy of Nigeria is not being affected by the problems in the South East. According to research, the South East houses over 40 million people and should not be wished away in the growth of the nation. Also, it's believed that the East is the economic base of Nigeria, and it should not be allowed to suffer dryness since it may become a national disaster.

States in the South East have lamented that they are losing billions of naira on each sit-at-home. The same is likely applicable to the FG. When states are losing funds and individuals are losing, it will likely affect the gross domestic product of the country (GDP), since a wealthy individual is a wealthy nation. It's therefore important for both the state and federal government to look for the solution to these issues affecting Nigerians and the economy of the nation at large. The FG should look into the matter concerning the detention of the outlawed IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and see how he can be released so that peace will return to the South East, insecurity will be reduced, and the bad state of the economy will be a thing of the past.

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