Enugu citizens working in the private sector ignored the state government’s instruction to open for business on Monday.
The state government had cautioned them not to comply the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Monday sit-at-home directives, adding that any who did so would have their businesses and operating licences removed.
The order was issued by IPOB in order to advocate for the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been held by the Department of State Services since 2021 on charges of running a proscribed group, skipping bail, and treason.
Noncompliance with the directive sparked a protest at Ogbete Main Market in Enugu last Monday, which resulted in the death of at least one person.
Some neighbours interviewed about Nnamdi Kanu’s directive to halt the sit-in claimed freeing Kanu was the “only option.”
“They are treating the symptoms,” stated activist Sheddy Eze. Kanu had cancelled sit-at-home around three times, but no one listened.
Kanu’s stance on Igbo oppression is representative of everyone’s position. So, even if he is released, the Igbo people want to be treated decently in Nigeria or be allowed to leave. So long as this mistreatment continues, so will the solidarity.”
“I doubt if the sit-at-home is completely a waste,” Chinwe Eze stated. I know people who started farming because of the Monday sit-at-home day. Nothing beats being squandered.
I know government employees like it because it shortens their working days, combined with the high expense of getting to work as a result of hardship even before Tinubu raised the price of fuel goods.
However, many people make excellent use of the day.”
Civil servants at the State Secretariat, on the other hand, were observed reporting to work, albeit in small numbers and quite late.
“We are being watched, and we must report to work,” one of them stated. Sometimes the governor shows up on his own. The service chief also arrives. When we sign in, we stay small and move quickly.
“We would like the state government to provide us with transport.” Commercial drivers are rarely on the road. That’s why the secretariat is nearly empty.”