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Enugu deserted as residents defy Mbah’s directive

A major road in Enugu deserted as residents obey sit-at-home order.

The scene in Enugu State on Monday portrayed a somber atmosphere as residents continued to adhere to the compulsory sit-at-home order imposed by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), despite Governor Peter Mbah’s recent declaration.

The order resulted in a noticeable desertion of public spaces such as banks, markets, schools, and roads throughout the state.

Governor Mbah had expressed concern over the substantial economic losses suffered by the people of Enugu State due to the prolonged enforcement of the sit-at-home order.

In an attempt to alleviate the situation, the Governor had publicly announced the abolition of the IPOB order on June 1, urging residents and organisations to resume normal business activities.

However, it appears that the influence and impact of the IPOB directive continues to hold sway.

It is widely believed that the deserted state of businesses, schools, and banks is indicative of the persistent fear and apprehension among residents of the state, who may still be wary of possible repercussions for non-compliance with IPOB’s orders.

Some traders defy IPOB

Governor Mbah personally monitored business activities within the state.

The governor met with traders and civil servants who he applauded for “courageously defying” IPOB.

In a series of tweets, the Governor shared his experience, adding pictures and video clips, which show him interacting with the workers.

In the tweets, he voiced his determination to encourage the people of Enugu to resume daily activities, and emphasised the importance of “revitalising the state’s economy” as he called for “collective efforts” to prevent the further deterioration, and instead focus on its recovery.

IPOBs compulsory sit-at-home order

IPOB is a separatist group mainly based in Nigeria’s South-East region, advocating for the secession of the predominantly Igbo-speaking part of the country.

IPOB seeks to establish an independent state of Biafra.

The sit-at-home order imposed by the group is a directive to residents demanding that they refrain from participating in daily activities and remain indoors as a form of protest and civil disobedience.

It is often enforced on specific, designated days and aims to demonstrate solidarity with the Biafran cause, disrupt normalcy, and convey a message of dissent against perceived injustices and marginalisation faced by the Igbo people.

The sit-at-home order has caused economic disruptions and generated mixed reactions among the population.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Saadatu Albashir and Tony Okerafor