Coalition of South East Youth Leaders(COSEYL), yesterday called on the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) not to shut down the South East which the group planned to commence on Monday, 9th August 2021.
It would be recalled that IPOB in a statement signed by Emma Powerful had threatened to put the entire South East region under lockdown on Mondays starting from August 9 until its Supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released by the federal government unconditionally.
In a statement signed by Godluck Ibem and Kanice Igwe, COSEYL President General and Secretary General said there was no wisdom in shutting down the region and urged IPOB to shelve the plan
It noted that shutting down the South East again by the group when the people are passing through hardship, will affect the zone adversely.
According to the statement; “COSEYL understands that right to self-determination is a property of the late 1940s Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which every human group is entitled, and to which Nigeria is a signatory together with other instruments of international law like the African Human and Peoples Rights (Banjul Declaration of 1981)”.
“We do not see any economic wisdom in shutting down business and work-related activities on Mondays beginning from August 9, 2021 – which the group had labelled “Ghost Mondays” – as virtually over half the population of Southeast and by extension Ndigbo depend on daily income to feed their families and dependent ones”.
“COSEYL urges the group to, in the interest of the Southeast region, review its latest policy directive given the current harsh economic realities biting hard on not only Ndigbo but the entire nation at such excruciating moment”.
“Shutting down the region and economic activities thereof does nobody or group any good and is therefore not a win-win case at a time like this”. Ends.