Businesses resume in S/East after IPOB’s site-at-home order
Agitators waving Biafran flags
Economic and social life have resumed in South Eastern States yesterday, after the complete shutdown of the entire region yesterday in obedience to sit-at-home ordered by the leadership of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASOB).
Checks conducted by our correspondents in the Region, showed that all the markets, schools, banks, fast food joints and other business establishments in the major cities have reopened for normal operations.
Hawkers and petty traders who deserted the streets the previous day were also seen making brisk business along the major roads of the cities.
Traders at Umuahia, Aba, Enugu Owerri, Awka and Onitsha among other major cities were fully in business.
People were also seen in groups discussing the effectiveness and outcome of the sit at home order of May 30.
To them,“government and the security agencies never believed that the directive would record the level of success we experienced in the yeterday”.
According to one of them who declined to give his name, the security agencies were fully charged to confront the agitators but went home disappointed.
“I have not ceased to wonder how they expected to see any form of demonstration, when the order was for everyone to sit at home”, he said.
The traders were unanimous that the effectiveness of the order further helped in sensitizing the outside world on the need for a free Biafra.
“It was a thing of joy that foreign reporters, who came to monitor the exercise, were seen in all the states, and all the foreign media have already started airing what they saw on ground.” They said.
A staff of one of the first generation commercial banks in Enugu, who also pleaded anonymity, confirmed that they were forced to close shop the previous day.
“We locked our doors against customers on May 30, following a directive from our headquarters and not that anybody or group attacked us. We are however, happy to be fully back”, the bank staff said.
Apparently repeating the appeal of the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe South, Rt. Rev. David O. C. Onuoha, the man urged the Federal Government to open meaningful dialogue with the leaders of the Biafran agitators.
“I am afraid that the agitation may likely continue if government fails to engage their leaders in meaningful dialogue, as well as find out what their grievances are, with a view to solving them finally”, the banker pleaded.