Ever busy Onitsha headbridge was empty following sit-at-home order

Ever busy Onitsha headbridge was empty following sit-at-home order


Biafra Secessionists celebrate successful sit-at-home in remembrance of war heroes


Secessionist movement in South-East Nigeria, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have celebrated a successful sit-at-home order today, May 31. The day set aside to remember Biafran war heroes was shifted from usual May 30th to 31 because 30th was a Sunday.

The sit-at-home protest recorded total compliance and success with all the residents of Onitsha and Nnewi and business outfits complying with the directive. All business activities were shot down, all markets were under lock and key public and private Secondary and Primary Schools were shot down, government offices and banks were also not opened for business as they were under lock and key, Petrol and Gas filling stations were also not opened for business as streets and roads shops and artisans in both Onitsha and Nnewi shut for the day business when Vanguard moved round the cities.

All the roads leading into and exit of Onitsha, the commercial city, and those leading into and exit of Nnewi the industrial city of Anambra State were ghosts of themselves as residents stayed away in obedience to the Biafra groups directive.

 The ever-busy Onitsha Enugu expressway of the Onitsha end of the Niger Bridge leading to Awka, the Onitsha Owerri road expressway, leading to Owerri, the Nnewi Okigwe expressway, the Onitsha Asaba expressway from the Asaba end of the Niger Bridge were all ghost of themselves as no single vehicular movement was seen. There was however presence of stern-looking Army and Navy at both ends of Niger Bridge Head and Oga junction by Atani road respectively, ensuring that there is no breakdown of law and orders by criminal elements. Although the movement of people were restricted as soldiers ensured that people who unavoidably needed to move round, like journalists, doctors, nurses, and people on essential duties were asked to properly identify themselves before they were allowed to move to their respective.

The IPOB on Monday said it is “delighted” that “this year’s sit-at-home order in honour of our fallen heroes recorded 100 per cent success throughout ‘Biafra’ land.”

Declaring “the exercise a huge success,” the group commended all residents of the South East States where there was total lockdown, including South East Governors, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, friends and other lovers of freedom.

According to a statement by IPOB Spokesperson, Emma Powerful, “the unprecedented success and total compliance that greeted the exercise have sent panic waves down the spine of our oppressors. Now they understand how prepared we are in our irrevocable resolve to restore Biafra republic.

“We immensely thank the people of Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Anambra, Abia, Delta, Imo, Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Kogi States as well as Igbanke, Idoma and Igede people for being part of the success story. We equally extend our appreciation to our brothers and sisters in Ambazonia for their wonderful support.

“We cannot thank the Biafran Diaspora community for their inestimable contributions in our struggle for independence. Biafrans in the Diaspora did us proud on Sunday, May 30 when they trooped out in their thousands to celebrate the Biafra Day in their respective host countries. We are very proud of you all.

“Above all, we are grateful to the Almighty God, Chukwu Okike Abiama for making the exercise peaceful and hitch-free. We are peace lovers and will continue to push for our freedom peacefully.

“The huge success recorded in the sit-at-home order has further demonstrated that with unity we can actualise Biafra sooner than expected. We therefore encourage all Biafrans to remain resolute in our struggle for self determination which is our fundamental right.

“How is it a crime to remember over 5 million Biafrans who died in the civil war as well as in our struggle for liberation when the zoo celebrates her independence day and democracy day? Nobody burn of woman has the powers to stop us from honouring our dead. Biafra Remembrance Day has come to stay.

“Very soon the stage will be set for our referendum to decide our fate. The oppressors are already jittery because they know what is coming. It’s already very clear to them that they can no longer stop the birth of our new nation.”

The seccesionist group said that it is clear that with the success of the Sit-at-Home order, Nigeria “has collapsed beyond redemption. Very soon all the subjugated indigenous tribes in the contraption will be set free.”

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

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