By Goodluck C. Ekeagba(Abia Media)
Edited by Livingrich Ezeikpe
I live at Railway Avenue, a street very close to Eziukwu Market, popularly known as Cemetery Market Aba, in Biafra land. As a street next to a big Market, it is usually a very busy street on a business day. Metal and junks dealers, popularly known as 'Scrap dealers’, have shops along the street but on the 30th of May, 2017 there was no trader on that street and there was no opened shop on both the street and that market at large. The residents of the street were all in their respective homes as at 7:30am when I left my house to my assigned place of coverage.

My coverage area was Ariaria International Market, Aba. But being that my house is in close proximity to Cemetery Market, I decided to take a brief observation of the situation in the market. As at 7:45am, there was no trader found in the market. All the shops were completely under lock and key. There were no motorists plying the road. However, some security operatives were seen walking about the market in order to safeguard wares of the absent traders.

After my observation at Cemetery market, I was forced to trek my way through a street called Power-line down to Faulks Road through which I finally got to my destination, which was Ariaria International Market. Though the journey was an arduous one, I considered it a little sacrifice towards the restoration of this holy land of my ancestors - Biafra.

As I walked through Power-line, I observed that all street traders closed their shops and stores. There were no hawkers in view. There were no motorists. Few people I passed on the road were either going to their own houses or to visit their fellow traders in their houses. This was the information I gathered from the passersby when they granted me a brief interview.
At Ariaria Market, I observed that the entire market was completely shutdown in obedience to the command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of The Indigenous People of Biafra. Children who did not go to school converted the ever-busy Faulks Road into a playground. I moved from the market to nearby streets where I met people who were seated and chatting at the frontage of their houses.

I conducted a brief interview with them and they affirmed and reaffirmed that their reason for sitting at home was to obey the command of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in remembrance of their fallen heroes and heroines who paid the costly price of writing our collective name 'BIAFRA' in the history book of nations with their blood.

I further, asked if they were forced to sit-at-home, the elderly amongst my respondents recalled that they lost some of their relatives during the civil war and therefore thought of the exercise a worthwhile thing to do. With one voice, both the old and the young declared that their decision of sitting at home was bordered on obedience to the command to Sit at home, which was acceptable to them.

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