Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, under the leadership of former Anambra governor, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has urged South-East residents to disregard the five-day sit-at-home declared by Finland-based Simon Ekpa.
The Nnamdi Kanu’s self-acclaimed disciple had in a video on Monday said the sit-at-home would serve as a protest in the South-East against the general elections next year
However, the Igbo leaders described Ekpa’s order as draconian and insensitive to the plight of the people.
Ezeife, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, insisted that it must never be observed nor allowed to stand.
He noted the forum was concerned about ways to restore unity as well as stability in the region and Nigeria in general.
He said: “The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has always believed that some faceless individuals in government and other unpatriotic elements who do not wish ndi Igbo well, and have been working hard with evil collaborators to truncate the scheduled 2023 general elections in the South East are behind the purported sit-at-home order in the zone.
“The scheduled February, 2023 Presidential election will be historic in Nigeria because we are optimistic that patriotic and progressive Nigerians will elect Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party as the next President of this country in a free, fair and credible election; hence evil and wicked elements must never be allowed to use the purported sit-at-home order to truncate the next year general election.”
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