Supporters of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State have vowed to continue observing the ‘Ghost Monday’ sit-at-home being observed in the southeast and other parts of South-South parts of the country until the IPOB leader regains his freedom.
For residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital and their Aba counterparts, if losing their Monday sales is all that they could do to pressurize the federal government and its agencies, especially, the operatives of the Department for State Service (DSS) in whose custody Kanu has been since his repatriation to Nigeria from Kenya, to release Kanu, so be it.
Some respondents who spoke to our correspondent on Monday said that although the family of the IPOB leader and the leadership of IPOB have canceled the sit-at-home order or ghost Monday action that they called for initially, the people have decided to on their own embark on what they described as “Holy Monday” in continuation of their continued pressure for the release of the IPOB leader.
According to some of the respondents, including Mrs. Catherine Okoro and Chief Anthony Chukwuocha, the ongoing Monday sit-at-home in Abia State and Southeast is an action with spiritual control that can only stop when the divine mandate for which it was situated would have been achieved.
“You cannot make an omelet without breaking an egg. If it means staying away from our businesses on Mondays, that will not even be enough to compare to the sacrifice Nnamdi Kanu has done in the past.
“A lot of persons have died in this struggle and that was the ultimate price that they have paid for the Biafra cause. For you to know that this movement was divinely assigned, security agencies have joined us in observing the sit-at-home. Go round Aba, you will noticed that there has not been any policeman or policewoman on the road on Monday. I have heard many say that they (security) agencies are just being precautionary. That is not true.
“Fine time to interact with them, they are not happy with what is happening in the country and the leadership of the police force.
“They buy from the same market that we buy. They pay for high electricity tariff. They pay exorbitant school fees and yet, their children or wards will not have access to modern learning technology.
“Salaries were not paid regularly and as at when due. Do we need to talk about insecurity in the country? And these were part of the reasons Nnamdi Kanu’s popularity among the people rose like a wild fire,” said Chief Chukwuocha.
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Meanwhile, traders and shop owners in Aba and Umuahia once again, stayed from their respective shops as they continued to observe the sit-at-home protest holding in the southeast and some south-south parts of the country.