Ghost streets in Abia, other S’East states as Buhari visits Imo
By Steve Oko
Streets in Abia State were virtually empty, Thursday, as people stayed indoors to demonstrate their displeasure with the disposition of President Muhamnadu Buhari who was on a state visit to the neighbouring Imo State.
Aba the commercial capital of Abia was also totally locked down as major markets and streets remained deserted.
There was total compliance with the sit-at-home order in every part of Aba as residents stayed indoors.
The sit-at-home, according to media reports, also recorded 100% compliance in Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States just as streets in the host state, Imo were totally empty.
Biafra agitators had earlier urged people in the entire South East to sit-at-home to register their discontent with the disposition of Buhari’s administation to Ndigbo.
Apart from people who stayed off the streets, all banks in the capital city also did not open for business.
Most of the shops in the metropolis were under lock and key while the few that opened for business did not display their wares fully as before.
Vehicular movements were also limited as only few tricycles and private cars plied the roads.
In an interview with our Correspondent, Mr. Chika Nwaogwugwu, a spare parts dealer on Aba Road Umuahia, said he got to know of the sit-at-home when he came out in the morning for business, and had no choice but to hang around his shop.
He said that the protest conveyed enough message to the President that the Igbo race was agitated because of the disposition of his administration towards her affairs.
According to him, the development should make the President understand that he has not been fair to Ndigbo, and look for a way to right the wrongs.
His words:” This means that Buhari’s rule is bad to Ndigbo. We want to have our freedom, we are tired of marginalisation by the federal government.”
Mr. Nwaogwugwu also said that the effectiveness of the sit-at-home was a clear signal that the governors were no longer in charge.
According to him, the masses have lost confidence in the political elite who have often betrayed the people.
” This shows that majority of Ndigbo prefer an independent Biafra republic, and they are willing to follow any group whether IPOB or anybody working hard to liberate them”.
Another resident, Mr. Ngwo Nwankwo said the ghost street showed that people are no longer happy with the policies and ineptitude of Buhari administation.
He said that Buhari’s administation had not shown any regard for Ndigbo, hence the growing discontent among the people.
The Ohafia-born trader said that although sit-at-home had some adverse economic implications, the people preferred to bear such costs provided they conveyed their displeasure with Buhari’s administation.
He said he had given up on Nigeria, saying he is eagerly awaiting the restoration of Biafra where life promises to be better.
” Things have been getting worse for Ndigbo since Buhari came on board, so, we have no interest in his visit.
” Why is he visiting us when he has done nothing to stop Fulani bandits and herdsmen from killing us?”