Enugu youths on Saturday marched through the streets in peaceful protest to support Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s call to end sit-at-home in South-East zone of Nigeria.
The youths, in their hundreds marched though major roads and streets in Enugu metropolis with various inscriptions, which included: “Even Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is Against Sit-at-Home” and “Sit-at-Home Discourages Economic Progress”.
Others were: “We say NO to Enemies of our Dear State and region”; “Sit-at-Home Affects our Mental Health”; Sit-at-home is Affecting our Children Education” and “We Cannot Continue this Way” among others.
The Leader of Enugu Innovative Youths, Comrade Edeani Maduabuchi Edeani, who addressed the gathering, said that people pushing illegal sit-at-home under any guise should stop it, adding that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, is against sit-at-home and publicly called for its cancellation.
Edeani said that the illegal sit-at-home had resulted in untold hardship and poverty in Enugu State and by extension the entire South-East.
He said, “the illegal sit-at-home is causing so much havoc and making our education, health and economic institutions not to function optimally and our people are counting their losses both as individuals, groups and corporate entities”.
“We as youths in Enugu State are supporting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in his stance to stop and totally cancel the illegal sit-at-home being engineered by a misguided Nigerian in Finland.
“We are here to let the world know that anybody supporting the illegal sit-at-home is against the South-East, good people of Enugu State and the future of youths in the state and South-East in general.
“I call on all youths in Enugu State and South-East to desist from supporting the anti-progressive, evil and illegal sit-at-home.
“It remains a wrong path and it will not do anybody any good rather it will truncate our future and prospects in life as youths,” he added.
Edeani also appealed to the Federal Government to obey the court order to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, adding that it would help to reinvigorate the South-East and bring the manipulation by a few hoodlums to an end.
Contributing, Mr Ebube Nebo, a youth leader in Enugu State, said that the youths in Enugu State were tired of sit-at-home, adding: “Sit-at-home is a canker-worm gradually snowballing into a big monster of human and economic waste”.
“In all sincerity, we are suffering. It is not just about what the Enugu State Governor is saying to end it, we are indeed suffering and feeling the pains of our deprivation and loss the illegal sit-at-home is causing us.
“As youths, it is affecting our education, employment, and entrepreneurial prospects, while our fathers and mothers, especially those in the villages and suburbs, are living in untold hardship” Nebo said.
Nebo reiterated the displeasure of South-East over the continuous incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and called for his freedom.
The youths covered a minimum of 30 kilometres in the march within Enugu metropolis, which covered: Okpara Square Road, Presidential Road, Owerri Road, Ogui Road, Lagos Street, Basiala Road among others.