Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo has said that the sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is beyond the control of state governments, especially in the southeast.
Uzodinma made this remark while speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Thursday, July 13.
He explained that his visit was to secure an appointment with Tinubu ahead of the visit of southeast leaders over the rising insecurity in the region.
The governor stated: “The situation in the southeast is not as simple as some people think. There’s no government directive for sit-at-home procedure to either local government directive nor any state nor the zone.
“But the situation is that because of the indiscriminate killing of people and high level of insecurity, our people are so afraid to come out, not only because there’s any sit at home.
“It is perception management that we’re trying to do. So, there is too much fear into the people. Otherwise, how can non-state actors give sit-at-home order and it will be obeyed.
“People are scared. People are afraid because of what they’ve seen in the past. And nobody wants to die. Neither me nor anybody.
“So, that is why the federal government comes in to step up very high-security measures to manage the situation. The sense of security will come back to the citizenry and they will be able to go about their businesses.”