Monday, 31 May 2021

Sit at home order in South East: Igbo in C'River should trade with caution

PRESS STATEMENT




BY UGOJI NWABUEZE

PRESIDENT OF OHANAEZE, CROSS RIVER STATE AND SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GOVERNOR ON NON INDIGENE AFFAIRS (IGBO)


It has become imperative to draw attention of Ndi Igbo in Cross River State to the widely circulated sit at home order purportedly in South East of Nigeria issued by two secessionist groups, IPOB and MASSOB.


Various media reports indicate a build up of tension in the zone but thankfully, security operatives are poised to protect lives and properties and instill orderliness.


Cross River has enjoyed a national reputation of safe and tranquil state where various tribes, including the Igbo, peacefully live and carry out various economic endeavours to earn a living.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Cross River hereby disassociate Igbos in this state from any sit at home order. We hereby restate our loyalty and allegiance to the government of Cross River and by extension the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. 

We urge our people to go about their legitimate businesses without fear of intimidation. We urge them to be law abiding too.


Igbo in Cross River are here to pursue their lawful endavours while contributing to the economic and infrastructural development of their host communities and and not to be drawn into meddlesome politics capable of jorpadizing their interest. 


The government of Cross River under His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade State has been nice to and protective of the interest and welfare of the Igbo in the state.

Governor Ayade has also demonstrated tremendous goodwill by appointing some persons of Igbo extraction into his cabinet.

Therefore, we owe our wonderful host state and governor of the singular honour of continued unflinching support.

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