IPOB Sit-At-Home and Public Holiday On Monday
The Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) sit-at-home protest against the Federal Government’s alleged plans to detain its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for an extended period of time by allegedly refusing to bring him to court for continued trial met with complete compliance in Onitsha, the commercial capital, and Nnewi, the industrial capital of Anambra State.
Even Sunday’s viral statement purportedly released by Mazi Kanu’s brother, that the Sit-at-home was suspended, which IPOB, through its Directorate of States, DOS, led by Mazi Chika Edoziem and its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, vehemently denied, could not dissuade residents of the two cities from remaining at home as directed by the pro-Biafra group.
Businesses, schools markets, and street vendors were all shut down in Onitsha and Nnewi, while residents abandoned the city’s ever-busy roads.
The ever-busy and gridlocked Niger Bridge was a ghost of its former self from both Onitsha and Asaba, the Delta State capital ends, as were the two pedestrian crossings on both sides of the bridge.
The ever-busy Onitsha Enugu expressway from Niger Bridge Head to Upper Iweke via Army barracks to Ziks roundabout to Nkpor and the old Ogbunike toll gate was completely deserted by residents, as no private, commercial buses or tricycles were sighted along the areas.
All markets in Onitsha were closed for business, including the popular and densely populated Onitsha Main Market, Ochanja Central Market, Bridge Head Medicine Market, popularly known as Ogbo Ogwu, and the Bridge Head Market, which houses over 28 autonomous markets. Popular Onitsha food markets Ose Okwodu, Coca Cola Market along the Onitsha Enugu expressway, and Relief Market Okpoko were also closed.
The popular provision market, the Relief Market, which is located opposite the Upper Iweka Flyover, the Electronics International Market, which is located along the Enugu Onitsha expressway opposite Premier Breweries, the New Auto Spare Parts and New Tyre Market, which are all located in Nkpor, as well as the Building Materials International Market Ogidi and the Concessionaires and Bakery Market, which are located opposite, were also closed for business, and the telecommunications network was also down
Other markets and small scale industries, such as the Osakwe Industrial Cluster, which manufactures plastic and waterproof materials, and the Old Spare Motor Spare Parts Markets, popularly known as Ngbuka Obosi Market, were all closed in accordance with IPOB’s directive to sit at home.
All banks located within Onitsha, its environs, and suburbs, as well as those located near the commercial city’s popular and small markets, including those located on Awada, Obosi, Nkpor, New Market, and Old Market roads, were closed for business, contrary to their earlier plans to open following the Anambra State government’s directive that workers in the state must.
Meanwhile, the Katsina State Government has declared Monday, August 9, 2021, as a public holiday in commemoration of the Islamic Calendar New Year, dubbed the ‘1st of Muharram, 1443 hijra.’ This was disclosed in a press statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture, Abdulkarim Sirika.
He stated that the purpose of declaring the holiday was to educate Muslims in the state about the Islamic Calendar and its relevance to their daily lives.
The governor charged the state’s citizens to use the period to reflect on the teachings of Islam and the practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and to ensure they live their lives in accordance with Islamic teachings.
Governor Masari also urged Muslims and other religious believers to pray for the country’s peace, unity, and progress during the holiday season.