For a while now, residents in the South- East region have continued to observe Monday sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), despite the fact that the group had rescinded the decision.
The observance of the order by many people in the region has continued to impact negatively on the economy of states in the region, prompting the Governors to urge the people to ignore the order and go out for their usual business activities on Mondays.
As many people are reacting to the level of compliance of the people with the order, and the report of the disruption of West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Junior School Certificate Examination in Imo state by some unidentified gunmen alleged to be enforcing the Monday sit-at-home order, the IPOB has come out to say it would deal with anyone caught enforcing an order it canceled on the 13th of August (source: Sahara Reporters).
There is no doubt that the cancellation of the order is in line with what the government is demanding. However, with the group vowing to cut off the ears of anyone caught enforcing the sit-at-home order, it is my view that there is the need for the government to be at alert to ensure that the IPOB’ s process of sanctioning anyone does not degenerate into anarchy. As such, here are two things I believe the government should consider doing after IPOB vows to deal with anyone it caught enforcing the order.
- Increase the presence of security agents in the area
With an increase in the presence of security agents, it may be almost impossible for any group to come out and force people to close their businesses. As such, it would equally serve as a preventive measure against any possibility of a violent clash between the IPOB and any other group.
- Protection schools, plazas, markets, and other business areas in the South- East
The protection of places listed above would wade off any miscreant with the intention to enforce the Monday sit-at-home order. This can be argued to be a better way to prevent enforcement of the order.
Arguably, if the two things discussed above can be done, there may not be anyone for the IPOB to deal with as it has vowed. As such, it should be considered by the government as a way of preventing any act capable of leading to anarchy in the South- East region.