The newly sworn-in governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has lamented the level of economic loss incurred by the South East atates each day the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, sit-at-home order is observed.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo stated that Anambra State alone loses an estimated N19.6 billion each day the IPOB Sit-at-Home order is observed in the South East geographical region because majority of the money generated in the state comes from artisans, who are badly affected by what he described as the “ghost town order”.
He cautioned that the Igbos are harming their future by forcing their children, the future of Igbo land, to stay at home instead of being in school, while pregnant women and even the critically sick people cannot go to the hospital.
Soludo, who was delivering his inaugural speech shortly after being sworn in as the governor of Anambra State yesterday, also alleged that businesses are relocating outside Igbo land due to protracted breakdown of law and order in the region.
However, his government is determined to urgently restore peace and security in the state and will seek the active cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders. He remarked that every criminal gang including arsonists, kidnappers, murderers, armed robbers and rapists now claim to be freedom fighters.
Governor Soludo said it is time to interrogate the purpose and means of these armed groups including IPOB/ESN; Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB and desperate armed groups in the forest.
He urged the armed groups in the forest to come out and surrender their guns, so that he can rehabilitate and empower them to contribute positively to the peace and prosperity of the state.
He posited that securing Igboland and Nigeria is a collective responsibility and that a politician who is playing politics with insecurity is riding a tiger.