The senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, has vowed to end Mondays sit-at-home in his hometown of Nnewi from from Monday (today), July 3, 2023 .
Mondays’ sit-at-home in the Sout East is the brainchild of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protest against the continued incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
While addressing vigilantes and community security watch operatives from the four quarters of Nnewi at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, on Sunday, Ubah said the sit-at-home, which always grounds economic activities in the region, did not augur well for the people.
The senator, who is a member of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), also unveiled a number of security gadgets and equipment he procured for security operations in Nnewi and environs.
“The abrogation of the self-inflicted injury called Monday sit-at-home would start from this Monday, July 3. We are going to march in a road show across various markets and roads tomorrow (Monday) to demonstrate to the people that they are safe and should start coming out for business on Mondays.
“The vigilantes have been charged to beef up security around all the major markets in Nnewi and ensure that traders and their goods are given adequate protection from the so-called unknown gunmen this Monday and subsequent Mondays to stamp out the cankerworm called sit-at-home.
“Monday is a serious day for business and economic activities, but the sit-at-home has spoilt businesses, commerce and economy in the region. It has thrown our youths out of jobs and this cannot continue,” he said.
The senator also disclosed that the security gadgets and equipment he procured include “CCTV cameras, patrol vans, motorcycles, walkie talkies, wooden ‘osisi agaga’ from Nnewi evil forests.”
“I am handing these equipment over to the vigilantes to help them in tackling any resultant security breach that may arise as we resolve to end this cankerworm called ‘sit-at-home,” he added.
Speaking, the President-General, Nnewi Town Union, Dr Maduako Atuenyi, said the whole community will embark on a show of force to end sit-at-home.
“By Monday July 3, we will embark on a show of force, it is our economy that is suffering. Anybody that does not open his shop on Monday, the community will lock his or her shop for six months,”Atuenyi said.