Schools Owners Lament As Sit-At-Home Enforcers Shut Down Imo Communities

Academic activities in Imo state came to a halt on Monday, July 3, as schools were forced to shut down in response to the potential threat of attack by enforcers of the one-week sit-at-home order in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

According to our sources, it has been reported that after a two-year period, residents in Owerri have ceased observing the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Numerous schools in the area, including Egbu, Wethedral, World Bank, Owerri-Onitsha road, Owerri-Aba, and Owerri-Port Harcourt roads, among others, were affected by this sit-at-home order.

A school proprietor, located along the MCC/Uratta road, who wishes to remain anonymous, revealed that the schools decided to close their operations due to a letter purportedly sent by IPOB.

The letter warned that failure to comply with the sit-at-home order would result in severe punishment for those who did not adhere to it.

Due to the circumstances, a few of us reached out to fellow school owners, and together we reached an agreement to suspend school attendance on Mondays until we receive assurances of adequate security measures.

We are determined to prevent any potential attacks, and as a precautionary measure, we have decided to halt school operations on Mondays.

This situation is not to be taken lightly, as we have been conducting regular school activities for approximately one to two years.

According to the recent Vanguard report, an owner of a school located along the Owerri-Aba road expressed their perspective, stating,

“In my opinion, we should put an end to this sit-at-home practice. I find it puzzling that it has resurfaced once more. I’ve been informed that this particular sit-at-home is not initiated by the original members of IPOB. Those responsible for this disruption should understand the detrimental impact it is having on the Igboland. Engaging in conflict within our own ancestral land is unacceptable. Unfortunately, our education sector is bearing the brunt of these actions.” The gravity of this threat cannot be ignored.

By Chinedu

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