Ndigbo Snubs MASSOB’s Sit-At-Home Order
The pro-Biafra group had directed Ndigbo all over the world to stay in-doors and mourn Igbo natives who had lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency.
However, DailyPost correspondent who monitored the situation in the South-East reports that the order was ignored as most residents went about their normal duties unmolested in the five states of Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo and Abia.
A detachment of soldiers and policemen had since Friday evening flooded Anambra, Imo and Abia States, considered main base of the MASSOB.
In Enugu State, as early as 6 a.m on Saturday, policemen were seen at strategic locations in the state to forestall any attempt by the Biafran group to attack residents.
The police in the five states had few days earlier urged the residents to ignore the MASSOB order, vowing to deal decisively with any group that disrupted the peace in the state.
Our correspondents who monitored the situation observed that all the markets were open for business. Although commercial activities were slow in the early hours of the day, it later picked up.
Except for few stalls in the streets that were locked, commercial activities were booming throughout the day.
All the transport companies and motor parks across the state equally ignored MASSOB, as commuters boarded vehicles and traveled freely, though vehicular movement on the highway seemed less.
The Vice President of Enugu Traders’ Association, Chief Festus Onogwu, who spoke to DailyPost on the matter, said the MASSOB cannot order for the closure of markets in the state.
He said: “all the markets in this state belong to the government and not MASSOB; we are tenants of the state government and as such it is only the government that can direct us to close the market for any reason.
“All our markets are open for business; people are going about their normal businesses unmolested”.
In Anambra State, the story was not too different as the Onitsha Main market and the Nnewi market remained open throughout the day, even though some traders stayed away.
However, few residents who stayed at home in the five states told our correspondent that they were afraid of being attacked by hoodlums in the guise of enforcing MASSOB order.
“I didn’t want to go for business because there is likelihood of some persons taking advantage of the situation to cart away my wares.
“So, I thought it wise to remain at home in order to avoid trouble, not simply because of MASSOB”, one of them stated.
A civil servant in Ebonyi State who came to Enugu to spend the weekend with his family also disclosed that he traveled freely on Saturday morning without disturbance.
“Before I left Ebonyi this morning, people were going about their normal businesses; I drove to Enugu and nobody disturbed me on the road.
“In Ebonyi, I didn’t notice unusual movement of security agencies; policemen were just at their normal check points. I also some signs of bonfires on the highways, but the light had extinguished by then”, he disclosed.
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