Business activities in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, came to a standstill this Thursday morning, October 1, 2020, following a call by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on people of the South East and the South South to sit-at-home to protest the alleged marginalization of the old Eastern Region and her determined quest to opt out of present-day Nigeria.
Markets and recreational activities were largely grounded and the streets deserted. A visit to the ever busy Ngwa Road Market revealed that the place was under lock and key. Also, many eateries in the city were securely locked as no customers were seen. Major streets such as the popular Asa Road, Azikiwe Road and East Street were completely empty.
Streets within the suburb areas of the city were not left out as youths could be seen playing football in places such as Ohanku road, Agulanna, Okoro, Ibere and Ibadan streets.
A resident, Mr. Kalu Uko, a second-hand clothes dealer at Ngwa Road Market, told this reporter: “I had to comply with the directive of my leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, because I want Biafra to come during my time; no true Igbo man can joke with this.”