Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has today backtracked on his earlier instruction warning traders to ignore the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to honour Biafran soldiers killed during the 1966 civil war.
Umahi said those who remain at home will not be penalised.
Vantage News had earlier reported how Umahi had warned traders that they stand the risk of losing their shops if they fail to ignore the IPOB’s order.
Whatsoever drive his declarations, Umahi today announced that traders willing to sit-at-home now has his permission to do so, saying he had received many prayers from citizens asking him to allow them to honour their fallen heroes.
In a statement released by his special assistant on media and publicity, Francis Nwaze, the governor said;
“The prayer requests are to honour their loved ones killed during the Nigeria – Biafra civil war and most of those who made these requests are traders,”
“The state government remains resolute to protect its citizens but also realises that people have the right to remain at home or engage in various engagements.”
“It is their constitutional right while the rights of those who wish to open for business should also not be infringed upon,”
“Security agencies are directed to do everything possible to maintain law and order in the entire state.
“The ban on processions or gatherings of any kind throughout the state is still in force.”