The Delta State Government has urged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to pursue their agitation through alternative means.
Although it faulted the Nigerian government for its poor handling of agitations in the country, it noted that the current sit-at-home approach was not only endangering the lives of residents but also harming the economies of the South-East and surrounding states.
While enforcing the sit-at-home order, IPOB-affiliated thugs allegedly killed one person, destroyed two trucks and one tricycle, and riddled a Volkswagen with bullets on Wednesday in Ugbolu, near Asaba, Delta State.
After the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba, the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, admitted to the press that the Nigerian government had mishandled the issue involving IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.
“It is true that some of us believe the Federal Government should have handled the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, our brother, much more maturely and in a manner that would not have led to unrest.
“No one is pleased with what is happening in the South East, so we implore our brothers who are asking people to stay at home to reconsider, as it appears we are inflicting more harm on our own people.
“I use the word ‘our’ because whatever happens to our brothers in the South East happens to us as well.
“Therefore, we are imploring our brethren to agitate in a manner that does not endanger their livelihoods or the lives of others,” he said, adding that the Federal Government may be able to determine why these events are occurring.