We cannot afford Ekpa’s two-week stay-at-home edict, says Governor Otti

In a recent statement, Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has expressed his concerns regarding the feasibility of residents in the state adhering to a two-week stay-at-home directive issued by the Simon Ekpa’s faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Governor Otti emphasized that the economic implications of such a prolonged period of inactivity would be challenging for the residents of Abia State.

In Abuja, the Federal capital, on Monday, Otti made a statement during a security meeting organized by the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu. The meeting aimed to discuss and find solutions to the rising insecurity in the South-East region. Notably, the Governors of the region were present at the meeting.

In a recent statement, the Governor of Abia State expressed concerns regarding the limited number of individuals reaping the benefits of the sit-at-home order. The governor accused these individuals of employing fear tactics to intimidate the populace and emphasized that the government cannot idly stand by and allow them to prosper.

In a global call to action, governments worldwide are being urged to remain steadfast in the face of potential threats. This resounding warning serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining strong and unwavering leadership in the current climate.

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In a breaking development, it has been reported that individuals are being urged to refrain from remaining in the comfort of their homes when they have important tasks to complete. In a bustling city, countless individuals rely on their daily activities to make ends meet. From the hardworking taxi drivers navigating the busy streets to the diligent keke drivers maneuvering through traffic, and even to the resilient women selling pepper in the local market, their livelihoods hang in the balance. For instance, if the woman selling pepper were to remain confined within the walls of her home for a mere two weeks, the dire consequences of hunger would loom over her.

In a press conference following the security meeting, Otti confidently declared, “The order is null and void,” effectively rendering it invalid.

In a highly anticipated meeting, Otti, a prominent figure, and his counterpart from Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, made their presence known. However, it was noted that the Governors of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi were unable to attend in person, opting instead to send their representatives.

In a significant development, the Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, was present at the crucial security meeting.

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