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Umahi asks Ebonyi residents to ignore IPOB’s Sit-at-home order

*** says 'Anybody whose store is not opened will forfeit the store'

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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State on Saturday asked residents of the state to ignore the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and go about their normal activities.

The governor who spoke in Abakaliki said anybody whose store is not opened will forfeit the store.

“I have been getting voices from certain agitators that tomorrow there will be no movement, this is foolishness. If there is no movement in the southeast, is there no movement in the whole country? What an Ebonyi man will never accept is to go into second slavery under any guise.
“We know the Biafra we need is to have enough money so that we cleanse up the toga of the slavery that our brothers and sisters subjected us into when we were under what they want us to be under.

“We need money, if you love Ebonyi state, bring money, come up and put one construction. Let us see your houses and investments in Ebonyi state.
“So, I want to say that there will free movement throughout today, throughout tomorrow and ongoing.
“I challenge the youths, the local government Chairmen and the politicians, the stakeholders, the security agencies to ensure that nobody is molested and I have banned any form of procession or gathering till further notice in Ebonyi state.

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“On Sunday, I will want people who are of Christian faith to go about their church services and pray for our nation, pray for the souls that have departed both during the war and now that people are being killed.
“On Monday, markets must be fully operational. Anybody whose store is not opened will forfeit the store. I ask the security agencies to massively deploy security people to protect Ebonyians everywhere.”
The governor advised any group involved in any form of agitation in the region to do so peacefully.
“Let us stay in peace, agitation does not mean violence. Agitation does not mean insulting leaders of this country, agitation does not mean killing security agencies. When Mandela fought for the liberation of South Africa, he was there.

“Let all the freedom fighters for southeast come down to southeast so that we can all be together. We should not stay outside the country and be vomiting rubbish and collecting hard currencies and be luring our people to be destroyed,” he said.

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