‘Time To Open Our Businesses,’ Ifeanyi Ubah Says Sit-At-Home Hurting Anambra

The entrepreneur-turned-lawmaker criticised the continued detention of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in DSS custody as the excuse for the sit-at-home order.


A boy watches as men play football in the middle of a street during a ‘sit-at-home’ at a Market in Onitsha, on February 27, 2023, following the Nigeria presidential and general election. (Photo by Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)

 

In support of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s appeal to the people of Anambra State to shun the Monday sit-at-home order by non-state actors, the senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, says it is time for businesses in the state to open on the first weekday.

“We have observed the sit-at-home for nearly two years now and every Monday, all business activity in our state is paralysed,” Ubah said Monday during a live interview on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics.

“Because of that, we the stakeholders of my senatorial district have come to a conclusion that it’s time for us to open our businesses on Monday.”

There have been several reports of attacks on residents who defied the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“Some people who are not residents of our zone or even in the country have used this sit-at-home to create fear in people and, at the same time, are making money and impoverishing our people. It is time for us to move on,” the senator said.

He decried that schools in the entire state were closed each Monday as the world moved forward. 

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“If the world is moving on and almost every part of this country is moving on and our children would not be going to school, our businesses are closed, then we are losing a very serious economy,” he said.

“That is the essence of our being elected: to serve our people and to look at what is good for our people.”

The entrepreneur-turned-lawmaker criticised the continued detention of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) as the excuse for the sit-at-home order.

“I think what we need is constructive engagement with the Federal Government on the release of our brother, Nnamdi Kanu. But using that as an opportunity to paralyse the activities of the South-East, to me, is totally unacceptable henceforth,” he added.