The Governor of Enugu state, Peter Mbah, has promised to face non state actors in the guise of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who destabilising the region particularly Simon Ekpa, the factional leader of the group.
The governor during a media parley at the Government House, Enugu, recently said he is considering the option of taking a legal action against Simon Ekpa who is allegedly behind the so called senseless sit-at-home order in the State before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
This comes after the southeast region witnessed a horrifying week where the IPOB members unleashed terror on citizens in the region while enforcing the sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa.
The Governor said it is the responsibility of the media to juxtapose those who are demanding the release of the detained leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and those who are taking advantage of the continued detention of the leader by causing mayhem in the region.
“As media people, it is important you educate our people for them to know that these sit-at-home enforcers are not after Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s welfare or freedom. We must be able to separate the two,” he said.
“Ndigbo are on one page in demanding for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. I have also seen the President over this matter. Other Igbo leaders have made the same demand and we are not relenting.
“However, the so-called sit-at-home enforcers are mere criminals and our people must face them frontally.”
The governor who has spent six weeks at the state’s helms of affairs has lamented the investment opportunities the current crisis has denied the state of.
The governor, however vowed to confront the monster legitimately saying “we cannot be defeated by evil and we must not allow that to happen”.
“We practice democracy. We can never allow murderers and terrorists to dictate to us. We must not allow those who do not have the mandate of the people dictate for us how to live our lives; when to go out; when to close our businesses and when to sit at home.
“What we are facing now are media terrorists using the social media to instigate fear and peddle fake news. We must not allow them to succeed. It is totally unacceptable. Nobody can make you inferior without your consent. These hoodlums are very few compared to our numbers. We cannot be taking instructions from hooligans.
“We must not allow those without our mandate tell us how to live our lives. We have a duty to ensure that we flush them out in all directions. They have no stake in the affairs of our state.
“It is, therefore, our responsibility to re-orientate our people to start coming out and going about their normal businesses. We have a duty to kill fake news and counter it with our superior pen and media.
“Therefore, as we are leaving here, we must begin to tell our people the right thing; that nobody can make them inferior without their consent; that we can’t be cowed by the cowardly acts of a few people.”
Source: The Nation