IPOB’s sit-at-home orders are making Nigerians poorer

On July 12, 2023, the factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa, announced plans to declare a sit-at-home in Lagos State. The sit-at-home was in demand after Nnamdi Kanu’s release. Kanu is a British-Nigerian political activist who advocates for the secession and independence of Biafra from Nigeria. Ekpa had also announced that there would be a two-week sit-at-home in the southeast.

Such sit-at-home orders have threatened business activities and human lives over the years. The Nigerian government should engage in diplomatic and national cohesion dialogues with IPOB and southeastern leaders. Also, the government needs to tackle the rising insecurity of lives and properties hurting private citizens and businesses in the region, which are some of the reasons for the secessionist agitations…..

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