Enugu State Governor Peter Mbah has prohibited the sit-at-home order, while calling on President Bola Tinubu to release the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Mbah stated this while briefing journalists on the outcome of his first security council meeting with the chiefs of various security services at Enugu State’s Government House.
The governor remarked that the South-East’s sit-in to demand Kanu’s release has hampered economic activity.
“As a result, beginning Monday, June 6, 2023, there will be no sit-at-home in all nooks and crannies of Enugu State,” he stated on Thursday.
Governor Mbah noted that his “government will enforce this with all the powers at its disposal”.
While assuring stakeholders of dialogue, the governor urged Enugu residents “to take back our sense of industry and pride of place and re-enact our glorious past. By heeding this call, you would have set us on the path of actualizing our mandate”.
Calling on President Tinubu to release Kanu to quicken the much-needed healing process in Nigeria, he said the development will be a stretching of hands of fellowship to the South-East region.
“Let me also call on our newly sworn-in president, His Excellency Bola Tinubu, to consciously work towards the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We believe that his release will expedite the healing process Nigeria needs at this time,” Governor Mbah said. “It will also be a pointer to his administration’s extension of brotherly hands of fellowship to Ndigbo.”
Kanu has been in detention since 2021, and despite repeated pleas for his release, the government of immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari failed to do so.