Obi condemns attack on schoolchildren, breaks silence on Sit-at-home directive
Nnachi, E.U, Abakaliki
The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, Mr Peter Obi, has expressed disbelief on the reported attack on schoolchildren Imo State, describing it as ‘Un-Igbo, out of place and misguided aggression.”
The former Anambra State Governor stated this in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr Valentine Obienyem, a copy of which was made available to Famousreporters.com, on Tuesday’s evening.
The statement quoted Obi as saying, “I do not believe any Igbo man should contemplate attacking innocent school children, more so those taking their WAEC exams, to compete with the rest of West Africans over academic excellence.
“Education should ideally be treated as something “sacred’, because it is not just about the future of the children, but also the future of the society.
“It is perplexing against the fact that IPOB had issued countless press releases suspending the Monday Sit-At-Home order and therefore can not logically be responsible for the attack.
“I call for proper investigations to unravel those behind the attack. Since IPOB has announced suspension of Sit-at-Home order, it is reasonable to suspect that other forces might be hiding behind IPOB to draw back the South-East through such acts as well as the needless call for stay at home on Mondays, a critical day for business/official work, which is only hurting the economy of the South-East.
“Would investors come to the zone under the present condition? Would established businesses not think of leaving the South-East under such a condition? Would traders from neighbouring countries that flock Aba and Onitsha on Mondays not seek and stick with alternatives? Would some industries not think of re-locating?
“I call on political leaders to further strengthen their collective engagements with a view to charting the best path for the South-East zone.”