BY PRINCELY ONYENWE, IMO
The SIT-AT-HOME order has really caused NIGERIANS especially those in the South-East a lot of losses in virtually every sector of the economy and that has led to its cancellation by Federal Government.
The effects can be said to be more harmful than useful mostly when it comes to counting its benefits.
9News Nigeria reports that the cancellation does not make any sense since many shops and market areas are locked up and businesses are at a slow speed.
In Owerri Imo state Nigeria places visited include Douglas road, Orlu road, bank road, Orji, Amakohia, Nekede and Worldbank area to ascertain the actual position of the effects of the cancellation of the SIT-AT-HOME order.
I can authoritatively report that the roads are desolate and markets visited were at lock and key.
The popular Egbeada market, EKEONUNWA MARKET, Alaba market, Relief market were scanty while people are still in solidarity with the IPOB order.
It was unfortunate that even at the cancellation broadcast, people are still recalcitrant to stay at home to sympathize with the IPOB leader Mazi NNAMDI KANU.
Recall that a few weeks ago, IPOB leader Mazi NNAMDI KANU was arrested and since then has been in the custody of the department of state security DSS pending the time of trial or hearing by the competent court of law.
The South-East zone however was affected by this arrest as expressed in their continued sit-at-home empathy for the IPOB leader.
Places like Enugu, EBONYI, Aba, Anambra and Imo are observing this SIT-AT-HOME order in spite of the cancellation broadcast on radio.
While speaking with 9News Nigeria in Owerri, some leaders of the thought expressed bitterness over the delay in the prosecution of NNAMDI KANU’S matter in court while praying God to grant him good health and fast release from detention.
I also visited some market areas mentioned above to grab my facts about the cancellation of the sit-at-home order but was surprised by the low turnout of people on the streets of Owerri and its suburb towns.
At some of the motor parks visited, the same sit-at-home matter was the hit of discussion.
I further interviewed a lot of drivers at various motor parks at the time of this report while the IPOB order has remained cancelled.
The feelings of the people over the delay of prosecution of NNAMDI KANU’S matter is pathetic and the government is expected to do the needful to grant the IPOB leader a fair hearing and fast judgement.
On the contrary, the cancellation of the sit-at-home order was supposed to be obeyed than to overlook the government directive for workers to go to work.
At the state and federal secretariat visited at the time of this report, the premises were scanty while workers are seen seated and gisting about the origination of the SIT-AT-HOME order and its effects on people.
Recall that the NECO and WAEC Exams are on while the sit at home is affecting its smooth operation.
A call in the right direction is to grant a speedy hearing of the NNAMDI KANU’S matter and assure the IPOBIANS of equity and transparency of governance by the BUHARI’S Administration.
Such oat on equity, transparency and accountability could also grant the IGBOs the presidency slot in the next election and by doing this the people will rejoice.
The streets of Owerri are desolate likewise its neighbouring states in spite of the cancellation of the IPOB sit-at-home order at the time of this report.
9News Nigeria (Owerri)
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