The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday, accused South-East governors of benefiting from continued closure of markets and banks in the Southeast on the pretext of observing fake sit-at-home allegedly ordered and being implemented by miscreants, who want to tarnish IPOBs name and paint a bad picture of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB alleged that South-East governors and some Igbo politicians who are working against IPOB, can do anything against the Igbo to get political favour and patronage from the powers that be in Abuja, and therefore, the Igbo can suffer as long as they are doing the biddings of the powers at Aso Rock.
The group spoke as the family and lawyers to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have raised fresh concerns over his safety, claiming that they have twice been denied access to him.
A statement by IPOB’ s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful expressing IPOB’s happiness for normal vehicular and human movements on Mondays in the South-East and the desire of the group for full return of commercial and business operations in the zone, said that only South East Governors can explain why markets and banks have not returned to business on Mondays, adding that IPOB has from inception condemned people sitting at home on Mondays.
According to IPOB’s statement, “We told you people that South-East governors have hands in stopping our people from going back to their businesses because they want to use the opportunity to blackmail IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu.
“Some South East governors arranged unknown gunmen and cultists to intimidate our people thinking they will destroy IPOB, but we are smarter than them and we know some of their acts to destroy IPOB. They have never hidden their activities to destroy IPOB and impress their ‘slave masters’ in Abuja.
“IPOB cancelled Monday sit- at- home when we realized it will not be in the interest of our people and we even mobilised to deal with the criminals allegedly enforcing it but some of our governors are using the order to destroy economic activities in the region because that was the agreement they had with their pay masters in Abuja.
“We therefore commend our people for coming out on Mondays, to go about their businesses. We want the banks and other businesses to start coming out because the Monday sit-at-home is not sanctioned by IPOB.
“IPOB authorities have suspended it after the first week of its observance in August last year. Anybody enforcing it is an enemy of our people. We wonder why South East governors refused to order for the opening of markets and banks in the region. They know what to do to any bank that disobeys their directive to commence operations, but they will not do the needful because they feel they can bring down IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu with blackmail- oriented sit-at-home.”