Update: Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Aftermath of Sit-at-home order in Owerri (See photos)
*See sh0cking observations
By Famous Reporters
I had my tongue stuck to my teeth as I took a walk from my domicile round some parts of Owerri today.
Frankly, I could scarcely believe that the popular Douglas road in Owerri still has such a magnitude of life in it when compare to its sorry situation yesterday. Movement was brought to glaring transfi and commercial activities totally grounded! Saying that Owerri wore a pity sight yesterday, Monday August 9, 2021 is an understatement.
I recall vividly how the sit-at-home directives of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB ripped life off the entire municipality of Owerri, in Imo State. Not even the inevitable beggars were seen at any corner of the streets, including the regular mentally retarded men and women were no where to be found. Money changers, (Mallams), suya producers, situated at Ama-Hausa, the Hausa and Fulani men who are predominantly cobblers, Tailors, all sat at their homes in strict solidarity with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Evidently, even the birds of the air proved their unreserved love for Mazi Nnamdi, as well as their unalloyed support for the perceived just course he is fighting.
And to wrap it up, the rains came, a perceived way of informing Southeasterners and all lovers of Biafra agitation in other parts of the country that all, not excluding the universe is in support of the man, clarion call for the restoration of the Biafra state.
But, just like the proverbial Ukazi head that could scarcely be properly bound, I was certain that, spite of the stern warning, there must always be defaulters, (Ndi-ekwe na Ndi-ekweghi), as it were and so I decided to take a walk to some popular dense areas of the city but was dazzled by the sight of what I saw. My first stroll was down Douglas road. And I honestly got a rude shock; our Douglas was drastically reduced to a desolate; our dear ever bubbling Douglas road was apparently ripped off its life. Shops were locked as though they would never operate in a decade; popular Ekeonuwa Market was deserted; the well known Amajeke that usually is congested was abandoned by all. Rotobi, Njemanze, Tetlow and Wethral roads were all without life and one begins to what what the heck is going on. What an irony!
Watch the pictures below:
However, today, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, what I witnessed today left me utterly at a loss of what to say or even imagine. Those major roads which as at yesterday were literally forsaken as though no one had ever passed through them wore a downright different looks. Frankly, howow Douglas road, Amajeke, Rotobi, Njemanze, Tetlow and Wethral, etc jacked back to life at the snap of the finger threw many among whom I am one into a deep state of wonderment even up until this moment.
See pictures of regular Douglas on Tuesday.
A a trader who spoke to me strictly on anonymity reiterated that forfeiting his normal business activities yesterday Monday thus staying back at his home left him with no regrets. This and other confessions he made left me in amazement.
I engaged the trader in somewhat a long discussion and these were his confessions:
“Yesterday was a day that nobody will say he or or she is not aware of the sit-at-home order as far as you are an Easterner. It’s been on the pages of newspapers that that was in solidarity with the detained leader of Biafra agitators, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. And like every other person, the fear of the unknown was what made some persons not be come out yesterday. Because in the past, the state used to be a very hot zone as a result of unknown this and unknown that. But, there are those who willingly, out of sheer sympathy and in solidarity with the idea stands for decided not to come out and I was one of them. Yes, I stayed back because of my sympathy for the ideology and secondly because you don’t know who is in the street and one might come out and be wounded.
“I don’t have any regrets staying back at home yesterday. Let me tell you, it’s only in the black world that you ask somebody to stay one day or even two hours to rest and he feels so bad. I used it as one of the days that I should have my rest, okay. It was not compulsory; if I want to take the risk of coming out, I can come out, nobody stops me but I said let me complete the weekend that I had already started since Friday. I am a self-employed businessman who sells shoes and drinks. I’m a senior citizen”, he said.
Recall that the sit-at-home directives of the pro Biafra group designed to be observed on every Monday of the week, in solidarity with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu commenced yesterday, Monday, August 9, 2021.
Although it was peaceful in some parts but tumultuous in some parts of the state and other states, yet sit-at-home order received 99% compliance.
Watch out for part two…