The citizens of Abakaliki in the capital city of Ebonyi state on May 30, 2018 massively complied to the 'Sit-At-Home' order by the Indigenous People Of Biafra led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in remembrance and honour of the heroes and heroines who died in the struggle for Biafra restoration since 1967 till date.

The state governor Engr. David Umahi on Tuesday, May 29 while addressing the citizens of the state and the stakeholders at the Abakaliki township stadium during the democracy day celebration, threatened that anyone who refused to open his shop or business on May 30, in compliance to the 'Sit-At-Home' order by IPOB for the heroes’ remembrance and honour day will lose his/her shop and business because the state government will close it down. The warning equally went to the civil servants in the state that whosoever did not attend work will be sacked from work.

Despite the warning and threat by the governor, yet shops and businesses in the state were shut down and roads deserted as mass transit companies in the state were out of service. Most of the busy places and business centres visited by our corresponded across the state were out of service and shops were seen under lock and keys, such as Nkalagu in Ishielu LGA, Nkwo Izhia, Eke Izhia, Okwo Ngbo in Ohaukwu LGA, Mile 50, Court area, state police headquarters business area, union Bank axis, Onueke motor park, Kpirikpiri, Abacha road, Abakpa main market, Izza road, Vanco, building materials Abakaliki, Tipper garage, Mechanic site Abakaliki, down to Azugwu and water works road which covers the state capital. 

Few persons who opened their shops did that out of fear imposed on them by the Ebonyi state governor whom through his warning threatened to sanction any marketer who did not open his shop on May 30, or fail to attend work for civil servants in the state, while speaking with the news men who went to the field for fact findings, they lamented that they do not want the state government to close down their shops that was why they tried to open it, not that they do not need Biafra to be restored.

Some marketers at the building materials Abakaliki were sighted playing games of draft and what, some were busy discussing in group while their shops were locked; one of the shop owner in the market, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that he came out just to observe what happened, not that he was out for business as usual. According to him he said, "I came to witness what is happening myself because I need not to be told, my shop is locked"

Indeed, the compliance to the 'Sit-At-Home' was to 70%, it was only some Nigerians in the state that failed to observe it, because it was Biafrans that were asked to 'Sit-At-Home' in honour of their heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price for them in the struggle for Biafra freedom from 1967 till date. So, let no body blame anyone who could not observe the 'Sit-At-Home' because the order was not for everybody rather Biafrans alone and anybody who is not a Biafran irrespective of where you are, you can go ahead and do your business, till when the territory will be fully under the control of Biafra government then whatever option they present, you will accept it in good fate.

We equally gathered that the state governor sent out some thugs and hungry security operatives in Ebonyi state to use another padlock to lock any shop that was not opened for business on May 30, 2018 in compliance to the 'Sit-At-Home' order. The person who brought the information said that many shops at Kpirikpiri were locked with another padlock by those sent by the governor.

Written by:
Ogeh Friday Igiri
Okorie Tobias 
Nwadike Kelvin &
Eze Ifeanyi
For: Ebonyi State Media

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