Security is indeed a collective responsibility, but the instinct of self-preservation is deeply ingrained in human beings, particularly when faced with threats to life. The sit-at-home orders in South-Eastern Nigeria have had significant negative consequences, impacting lives, properties, and the regional economy. While discouraging these sit-at-home orders by the state government is crucial, it should not come at the expense of endangering people’s lives.The commendable efforts made by the state government to encourage people to resume their daily activities should be supplemented with continuous engagement with the public. Restoring people’s confidence requires the strategic deployment of security personnel during sit-at-home days, ensuring the safety of citizens who choose to conduct their businesses. Balancing security measures with citizens’ rights and freedoms is essential. Dialogue and understanding between the government and the people can foster a cooperative approach to addressing concerns and finding lasting solutions. Ultimately, a collaborative effort is needed to maintain security while respecting individuals’ rights and ensuring economic prosperity.Today’s protest at Ogbette Main Market is deeply regrettable and could have been avoided. The violent protest resulting in the loss of lives and properties is a tragic outcome of the ongoing sealing of the shops of those who didn’t open during the Monday sit-at-home. The government must urgently engage with the families of those affected and traders, reopen sealed shops, and employ strategic measures to restore order in the state.While condemning the sit-at-home orders, it is vital for the government to review its current strategies and policies. A balanced approach is necessary, one that prioritizes security measures while also respecting citizens’ rights and freedoms. Dialogues with people, business owners, and transport workers can foster cooperation and help find lasting solutions to the underlying issues.Restoring confidence in the state requires open communication and an empathetic understanding of the concerns of all stakeholders. By enacting new policies that consider both security and citizens’ rights, Enugu state can move towards peaceful coexistence and economic growth for all its residents. Let us strive for a collaborative effort to ensure a safer and more prosperous future.
Enugu bu nke anyi!!!!!!