Amid IPOB’s stay-at-home order, Governor Willie Obiano’s government has told Anambra civil servants that Mondays are no longer work-free days, effective today.
“Anambra government wishes to remind all individuals and organisations in the state that work has resumed in earnest in Anambra,” said the state government in a statement on Sunday by Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba.
“This reminder became imperative in view of the tendency of some people to observe in the last few months every Monday as a work-free day. Work-free day was being observed in the state in compliance with the directive by some non-state actors in an effort to press the federal government to free the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,” explained the Anambra government.
The statement added, “Kanu is standing trial for some charges in Abuja, brought by the federal administration. The IPOB leadership has suspended the directive requiring people to stay at home every Monday, which it said would start from Monday, September 15, throughout the South-East geopolitical zone.”
According to the Anambra government, the IPOB leadership has in the last few days reiterated the suspension.
“The IPOB leadership has kept every pledge it has made, including rescinding its decision to thwart the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state,” the Anambra government further explained. “In fact, far from disrupting the election, IPOB encouraged the people of Anambra State to come out in their numbers and exercise their democratic right on November 6. The election is now recognised as easily the most peaceful and the fairest election since the state was created in 1991.”
Mr Adinuba noted that a group of Igbo leaders, including worthy sons of Anambra, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, on November 19 to plead for Mr Kanu’s release and the issues around his arrest and trial resolved politically.
He urged the public not to entertain any fear from any quarters from Monday (today).