Renowned politician and former Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has voiced his concerns over the detrimental effects of the sit-at-home orders in the South-East region on businesses. Obi attributes the insecurity in the area to criminal activities rather than the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed group that has distanced itself from the crimes.
In a series of tweets, Obi expressed his views on the situation, stating, “What is going on in the South East, therefore, is essentially a criminal activity that must be nipped in the bud, with all hands on deck – security agencies and the people alike.”
While acknowledging the efforts of the South-East governors in curbing the menace, Obi urged them to adopt a more strategic and intelligence-driven approach to alleviate the suffering of innocent citizens. He emphasized the need for security agencies to swiftly address the issue, emphasizing the importance of preserving the lives of innocent individuals.
Obi further highlighted the broader implications of an insecure environment on development and investments, emphasizing that stakeholders, including traditional, Christian, and Muslim leaders, should play an active role in promoting peace and harmony among their communities.
Addressing the underlying causes of insecurity, Obi stressed the importance of addressing poverty and youth unemployment, noting that providing necessary resources and opportunities to the people is a crucial step in tackling insecurity effectively.
As the region grapples with these challenges, Obi’s remarks serve as a call to action for collaborative efforts between government, security agencies, and various stakeholders to restore peace, security, and economic prosperity in the South-East region.