Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has issued a stern warning, stating that traders who comply with the sit-at-home order imposed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state will face severe consequences such as losing their shops and licenses.
The governor delivered this warning during his visit to various areas of Enugu, the state capital, on Monday, July 17, 2023. His purpose was to assess the level of compliance with his previous directive that schools and businesses should refrain from observing sit-at-home orders.
Governor Mbah has been proactive in discouraging the adherence to such orders since the beginning of his tenure.
“This is to inform all schools, markets, retail outlets, hospitals, transporters, malls and the general members of the public that, in view of the recent ban/cancellation of Mondays’ sit-at-home by the government of Enugu state, in all nooks and crannies of the state, they have been directed to go about their normal businesses and activities every day of the week, including Mondays,” the governor had said in a statement.
While addressing traders at Ogbete, Garki, and other markets yesterday, the governor said that his administration would no longer condone the locking of shops on Mondays.
He said, “It should never be heard that we were cowed because of the threat of violence by these criminals.”
Enough is enough. This foolishness must end and it must end now. We cannot be marginalising ourselves and still complain of marginalisation.
“So, we must say no to sit-at-home because what it means is that we are destroying our employment, our economy, and our GDP,” Mbah said.