Nigeria’s southeast, one of the most economically disadvantaged geopolitical zones in the country, is bleeding as a result of self-immolation blamed on the IPOB, which is championing the cause for the creation of a Biafran nation made up of the Igbos, Nigeria’s third-largest ethnic group.
Across southeast Nigeria and other parts of the West African country where the Igbos reside, there is a common joke that only on his wedding day will an Igbo man not open his shop for business. Even on such special days, he might stop over at his shop on his way home from the wedding to attend to customers, the first set of people after his heart and pocket.
However, that was under normal circumstances. Nowadays, things have gone from bad to worse, with businesses closing more often than not because of frequent directives by the IPOB asking people to stay home.
The sit-at-home order
On 30 July, IPOB
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