The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has described the observation of the Monday sit-at-home in the Southeast as a sign of laziness which is contrary to the characteristics of the Igbos.
Kalu spoke at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Nigerian Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, and Peace in South East Initiative, PISE-P, for the community enterprise digital hub at the National Assembly complex.
PISE-P is an initiative of the Deputy Speaker to restore peace to the region.
Kalu said Igbos are not lazy people who seek additional holidays during the weekend.
“Southeast people multiply wealth wherever they enter. We do not multiply and encourage poverty.
“The Southeast people are visionary people who are not lazy that will choose Saturday, Sunday and Monday to sit at home. Saturday and Sunday has always been enough for us for relaxation as a weekend.
“Adding an extra day to it is the sign of laziness coming from people who are lazy and this is not the identity of the Southeast.
“Therefore, PISE-P is here as a wake-up call to remind us what our forefathers and ancestors bequeathed to us which is the spirit of hard work. The spirit of building, not destroying. The spirit of giving birth, not killing.
“Our brothers are not slaughtering our mothers and not sacrificing our fathers. That is not the spirit of the Southeast.”