The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Friday, officially called off the Monday sit-at-home being observed in the South East.
The order was given in 2021 following the arrest and detention of Kanu at the custody of the Department of the State Services. He was arrested and renditioned to Nigeria by security agencies of Nigeria in collaboration with their Kenyan counterparts.
Although IPOB had cancelled the order, a faction led by Simon Ekpa copiously declared sit-at-home on Mondays, and other days of their choice, with a high level of compliance by the locals.
Kanu declared an end to the order during a world press conference addressed on his behalf by his special counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor, ongoing in Enugu.
Kanu said he formed IPOB to protect Ndigbo and oppressed minorities of the East, and therefore ‘the need to end the sit-at-home which is destroying the economy of the same people’ he is protecting.
Kanu also warned Ekpa to desist from countering his orders, as well as denigrating Igbo leaders and Ohanaeze Ndigbo in their quest to restore business activities which have dwindled in the East as a result of the sit-at-home.