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The South-Eastern region will begin observing every Monday as an ‘Economic empowerment day,’ following the declaration made by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with the aim of bolstering economic opportunities.
With respect to the negative consequences brought about by the incessant sit-at-home protests on the region’s economic, educational, and social aspects, the pro-Biafran group has outlined its mission to empower the people in resource mobilisation and remedial measures.
Emma Powerful, the spokesperson for the group, related this message in an official statement on Saturday.
According to Powerful, this decision comes in the wake of the absolute abolition of all sit-at-home actions across the entire South-East, as indicated in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s handwritten letter, which was recently disclosed to the public through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor.
The statement read, ‘Following the total cancellation of all forms of sit-at-home in the entire South-East, as clearly and unequivocally stated in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s handwritten letter, he has therefore directed the people, to henceforth, set aside every Monday as an ‘economic empowerment day’ in the entire South-East.’
‘Economic Empowerment Day connotes a day set aside for mass mobilisation of Biafrans to devote their resources and means towards reversing the sharp and unprecedented decline in the economic, educational and social needs of our people occasioned by the prolonged sit-at-home.’
‘During this exercise, the people 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.’
‘Through education, employment, health services, sense of identity and community, our people and indeed, the eastern region can begin to thrive and grow.’
‘There is an urgent need to reclaim our lost glory by embarking on empowering Biafrans with the resources they need to live beyond mere subsistence as our people are known globally for hard work, resilience, and great achievements.’
‘The implication of this Economic Empowerment Day is that Biafrans are expected to devote significant time to adhere to their routine calendar schedule template strictly and uninterruptedly with a view to making up for the humongous time lost to the activities of misguided enforcers of unsanctioned Monday sit-at-home order.’