Mondays-sit-at-home: Have A Rethink, Youth Coalition Counsels IPOB
By Our Reporter
Coalition Of Southeast Youth Leaders, COSEYL has urged the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB to, in the interest of the Southeast region, review its latest policy directive to put the entire South East region under lockdown on Mondays until its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally by the federal government.
In a press release jointly signed by COSEYL President General, Hon. Goodluck Ibem and Comrade Kanice Igwe Secretary General and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, the group stated that 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.
The Coalition stated that it does not see 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 argued that policies like that may hinder survival of many household in the Southeast (Alaigbo) given that many, within the poor population, who live from hand to mouth (on daily income) do not have much to feed on through the weekends as they do not work, and so adding Monday to their days of inactivity could be counterproductive.
COSEYL calls on IPOB not to allow its activities to jeopardize the region in which case the goal of the group would amount to an own goal.
While throwing their support for the release of Nnamdi Kanu from the DSS custody to allow him enjoy his rights and face his trial, COSEYL condemned the way Mazi Kanu, whom the federal government last month “intercepted”, was smuggled into Nigeria from Kenya against international laws and conventions.
The release partly read: “The attention of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, the apex socio-political youth group in the entire South East geopolitical zone was recently drawn to a release from the State Directorate of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB through Mr. Chika Edoziem where the group threatened to put the entire South East region under lockdown on Mondays until its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released unconditionally by the Federal Government.
“While 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, the Coalition does not see 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”.