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3 Reasons Why The Igbos Must Rise Up Against Unknown Gunmen And IPOB’s Sit-At-Home Order In S/East

For some months now, the South-East region which was known to be relatively peaceful, has recently become a den of unknown gunmen who attack security agents and individuals, killing people at will, and destroying government facilities. The activities of the unidentified gunmen, have claimed several lives in the South-East, and equally threatened the forthcoming November 6, 2021 Anambra state governorship election.

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As the gunmen attack and killings are being witnessed in the South-East, the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), came up with a Monday sit-at-home order, forcing residents of the South-East region to stay at home every Monday. This has seen businesses, offices, and schools in the region, shut every Monday, with streets deserted as the people opted to stay at home to avoid being attacked by gunmen if they dare go out.

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Despite the plea by the government, urging residents of the South-East region to go out for their usual business activities, the sit-at-home order has continued to be observed. This has undoubtedly impacted negatively on the economy of the region. Sadly, despite the implications of the order, the IPOB has once again, issued a week-long sit-at-home order to the residents of the South-East region, starting from November 5th, 2021 (source: Daily Post).

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According to the report, the group had threatened that if its leader who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), is not granted unconditional release by the Nigerian government on or before November 4th 2021, the entire South-East region will be on a week-long lockdown. Arguably, such an order, and the rising cases of attacks and killings by some unknown gunmen in the region, and not justifiable. As such, the Igbos must rise up against such developments in the region for the following 3 reasons.

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1. It is the South-East region that is being destroyed by the gunmen.

Arguably, the damage being done to government infrastructures in the South-East region, by unknown gunmen, is setting the region backwards. It should be recalled that the gunmen have often attacked police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and a Court. These facilities could take years to rebuild, and may impact negatively on the

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2. It is the Igbos that are mostly the victims of the unknown gunmen attack and killings.

Arguably, the unknown gunmen attack and killings in the South-East region have claimed the lives of more Igbos than any other group in the country. Apart from the attacks on security formations, the individuals who had fallen victim to the gunmen attack were mostly Igbos. This is not to forget that many of the culprits gunned down by security agents are also Igbos. With this in mind, it can be argued that the Igbos are the losers in the attacks.

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3. The sit-at-home order is impacting negatively on families and their incomes.

It is common knowledge that many families in the South-East region depend on their daily earnings for survival. As such, staying at home every Monday has undoubtedly impacted negatively on their ability to earn and take care of their families. At the same time, those that are into businesses have continued to lose what they were supposed to earn on Mondays, due to their inability to transact as a result of the unnecessary sit-at-home order.

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Considering the 3 points raised above, it is my view that the time has come, for the Igbos to rise up against the activities of unknown gunmen, and the unnecessary sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed IPOB in the South-East region. The people must unite, and collectively kick against this ugly development in the South-East, and ensure that normalcy is restored in the South-East region.

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