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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has urged his loyal adherents to prioritize economic empowerment endeavours in the South-East region of Nigeria, setting aside Mondays for this purpose.
With the cessation of all sit-at-home activities in the South-East, the inception of the ‘Economic Empowerment Day (EED)’ represents a strategic endeavour to galvanize resources and combat the region’s economic decline.
On Saturday, Comrade Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, issued a statement detailing the purpose of the EED (Economic Empowerment Day) and its primary focus on improving educational and social conditions adversely affected by prolonged sit-at-home measures.
He stated, ‘The Economic Empowerment Day is a day for mass mobilization of Biafrans to devote their resources and means towards reversing the sharp decline in our economic, educational, and social needs.’
‘During this exercise, Biafrans are encouraged to embark on a massive deployment of their resources for the empowerment of the educationally disadvantaged and poverty-ridden population of our people.’
He emphasised that the EED initiative is founded upon the vision to empower the Eastern region, fostering its growth and success by prioritising education, employment, healthcare accessibility, and nurturing a strong sense of identity and communal living amongst the people.
He pointed out the urgent need of empowering Ndigbo to rise above subsistence living.
‘Through the Economic Empowerment Day, our people and indeed, the Eastern region can begin to thrive and grow.’
‘It is time to rebuild our once-envied Eastern region – peaceful, accommodating, resilient, illustrious, and great – and reclaim our glory among nations,’ Comrade Emma Powerful added.
Addressing the doubts surrounding the authenticity of Nnamdi Kanu’s handwritten letter which hinted at the sit-at-home cancellation, the IPOB asserted that it was a voluntary and authentic letter, free from any duress, compulsion, or external influence.
Comrade Emma Powerful emphasized, ‘Anybody questioning the authenticity of the handwritten letter is patently dishonest and not worthy to be called a Biafran. Onyendu is very firm, and unshaken.’
‘Anybody who claims to know Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will also know that nobody will be courageous enough to coerce him to do anything that will jeopardise the restoration of Biafra.’
Through this new endeavour, the IPOB seeks to compensate for the time lost during the period of illigal sit-at-home orders and foster noticeable economic development in the Eastern region.