The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday said it has abrogated its ‘sit-at-home directive in South East Nigeria in order to embrace peace negotiations organised by the Anambra government.
It was gathered that the IPOB yielded to the plea by the Anambra state government, traditional rulers, all Igbo stakeholders and religious leaders to make the way for peace who have declared their intention to find a lasting solution to insecurity and incessant sit-at-home directives in the South East.
The Chairman, Anambra Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, disclosed this decision during a one-day peace building and security meeting held in Awka on Saturday.
Achebe, who is also the Igwe of Onitsha, noted that the stakeholders have continually held meetings on the way forward to lasting resolutions of the impasse with the agitators.
The Monarch explained that after its meeting with the group on Friday, April 1, it was agreed that a call to release the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu would be a step to dousing the tension in the state.
Accordingly, he said that after the meeting, the group placed a call to all its members to sheathe their swords, put down their guns and go the way of dialogue.
Igwe Achebe said that the state government has set April 4 for prayers aimed at seeking God’s face to restore a lasting peace in Anambra and South East as whole.
He stated further that it was agreed that on April 4, all churches in Igboland and South East will join in prayers to seek God’s forgiveness and to restore peace in the area.
In his words “Igboland has lost so much in economic and social development of the zone and we are tired of the situation and want peace.
“It is agreed that on Sunday, April 3, all churches will announce the IPOB decision to their faithful to come out on Monday 11am to their various churches to offer prayers to God for the restoration of peace and economic development.”
Mr Uche Okafor, Anambra Speaker, assured that the legislators would partner with the state government to enthrone lasting peace and economic development of the state and the zone.
Damin Ogene-Okeke, the National Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, also urged the public to embrace the decision to establish peace building amongst “ourselves and work towards improving security sanity in the state”.
Ogene-Okeke, tasked the governors of the South East States to represent their people well and speak the minds of the citizens who elected them into office.