Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has led a protest on the streets of Awka the State capital, against the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The governor led members of his cabinet to enforce his “return to business” directive.
He took his protest to banks, markets and motor parks in Awka the State capital.
The Governor said: “The state must avoid giving urchins the chance to take over the helm of affairs. I chose to lead from the front to end this fear of molestation, harassment, intimidation.”
He further said the sit-at-home compliance adversely affected the Gross Domestic Product and the general economy of the state, stating that banks that failed to open on such days would be sealed for a week, adding that if such banks refused to open subsequently, they would be permanently closed.
The Governor had also threatened to seal banks who fail to open and punish leaders of markets and motor-parks who refuse to comply with his directive.
He said “I urged the commuters to feel free to ply their usual routes across the state on Monday, whether they ride or drive motorcycles, keke, shuttle, buses.
“If markets don’t open, I will sack the leadership of the market. If the market and park leaders don’t comply, their leadership will be changed within two weeks.”
You would recall that IPOB had suspended its every Monday sit-at-home order, but residents had continued to stay at home, for fear of possible attack by hoodlums.
The Governor’s action, has brought to life socioeconomic activities, in the State capital.