Traders in South East Geo-Political
Zone, under the aegis of SouthEast Markets
Amalgamated Traders Association, SEAMATA,
has disowned theMovement for the
Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra,
MASSOB and theIndigenous People of Biafra,
IPOB, and their agitation and activities for
the actualization of Sovereign State of
Biafra. Addressing newsmen yesterday in
Onitsha the traders through a statement signed
by Chief Okwudili Ezenwanko and
Honourable Temple Udeh,President General
SEAMATA, said they are constrained to react to
the continuous calls for the closure of
business in south east in protest and solidarity
for actualization of Biafra agitators.
The news conference by the traders was attended by Chief Christian Nwabuani, Vice President, Abia
state, Peter Obah, Financial Secretary,
Ebonyi state, Elder Martin Inuozor, Treasurer,
Imo State, Austin Onyia assistant Public
Relations Officer, from Enugu State, including
other officials from the five South East states
of the zone.
SEAMATA said “the difficulties
and hardship which the traders inparticular
and residents in general suffer during these
protests has made the traders to direct that we
react to the situation and development which
is adversely affecting them”.
“The traders in the zone are therefore, disassociating themselves jointly and severally from the activities of these agitators, the invasion
of markets and other business outfits and the
destruction of private property of individuals
like shops and vehicles in the name of pro
Biafra protest is not only condemnable but
“We are yet to understand the wisdom in the protest where the properties and other valuables belonging to Igbos are either vandalized or destroyed by fellow Igbos in the name of Pro Biafra protest, when the hardship which the Igbos that relocated from North East in the wake of BokoHaram insurgency are passing through is still staring on our faces, and the agitators are calling on others doing their normal business in other parts of Nigeria to come back to South East" Said SEAMATA.
SEAMATA however, declared their support
and the South East traders support for
President Muhammadu Buhari, promising that
they will not support any action that will
aggravate the hardship already being
experienced by the Igbos.
“The traders in the zone are earnestly requesting Mr. President to address as a matter of urgency, the dilapidated Federal infrastructures in South
East, especially, the Federal roads that are in
the worst state of disrepair.
“The roads includes but not limited to Enugu Onitsha Expressway, Enugu Abakaliki Expressway,
Enugu Port Harcourt Expressway, Aba Owerri
Road and Owerri Port Harcourt Road, all these
roads have all become death traps and armed
robbers den where they wait and rob road
users,” said SEAMATA.
The traders also declared support for the new administrations anti corruption war, urging all
Nigerians to support President Buhari in the
war against corruption, while they urged all
the agitators of Biafra actualization to
join hands with the President in resolving the
numerous economic problems in thecountry.