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Tuesday 5 June 2018



By Gabriel Leeleebari
For Family Writers Press

First of all, let me congratulate IPOB on the successful sit at home in commemoration of our heroes and heroines. While there are propaganda and falsehood generated by Nigerian brown envelope gutter lying medias whether or not Rivers state complied with the sit at home protest ordered by IPOB and in the entire Biafra Land, it is common knowledge however that it was successful in all parts of Biafra land and here in Igweocha Rivers state. As an eye witness reporter, I shall by this article bring you upto speed with the level of compliance that happened in Rivers State Igweocha province  Biafra Land.

Despite deceit from many quarters, especially Nigerian brown envelope gutter lying medias, the Ogoni people also observed the sit at home as the ever busy Bodor-Boni water ways were completely deserted, speed boats, canoe and other means of transportation on the water ways were seen anchored at waterside.

Tank Junction is one of the most busy areas in Port Harcourt when it comes to business and circular activities due to its centrality in connecting Rumuokoro, Eleme and Iguruta, but on may 30th Biafra heroes day, shops, plazas, building materials market were seen shut down in the area because Biafrans were mourning their own who paid the ultimate price for their freedom.

It was a great success as there was a total lock down of shops, filling stations, businesses,  markets, schools, Banks and transport activities. The Rumuodara Artillery roads which are normally plagued with Keke Napep (tricycle) and mini buses were completely deserted. Only few people were seen clustering around a news paper stand as the road automatically became a football field. My greatest surprise was when I saw the almighty Callus Millar phone shop in Artillery completely shutdown as a silence grieved  area. However, there were police men hanging around the junction with their AK47 seeking whom to devour but unfortunately for them they found no one to kill because Biafrans were sitting at home.


It was an overwhelming experience on may 30th sit at home in old Aba road in Port Harcourt. Old Aba road is one of the most traffic congested areas in Port Harcourt, being a place where Shell I A, Paboard Brewery, Halliburton oil Services, Slumberger, Coca-Cola and other multinationals are domiciled.
it was amazing to me and indeed to Nigerian state, that the ever busy old Aba road was completely deserted.
Rumuobiokani building materials market was totally shut down, shops, schools, companies and transporters willingly went on a 1day sit at home declared by IPOB. Only birds sang and wag their tales on the road.

Those that are conversant with the mile 3 markets can attest to the fact, how busy these areas usually are on a normal day.
It is a place where you find motor parts dealers, caterpillar dealers, building materials, Merchants. In fact, it is commonly said that the only thing you cannot find to buy in Ikoku is a human head.
But to my greatest amazement these places were completely shut down. From Olu Obasanjo road to mile 3, Rivers state University road and mile 2 Diobu axis, roads were also completely deserted as youths play football in the middle of the road.
When people begin to forfeit their daily bread for a particular purpose, then you know the gravity and seriousness of their quest for freedom.

Oil mill is a weekly market, and the most busy day of this market is Wednesday every week. On this day people usually choke themselves for want of space in this market, thus all over Port Harcourt people from different places including neighbouring states come either to buy or to sell their products in Oil Mill market. Consequently, there are always serious traffic jam in the area, that makes it always almost impossible to pass through, thus motorist look for alternative route to reach their destinations
But on this occasion of IPOB sit at home event which happened to also fall on Wednesday May 30th and being a day that this busy market always holds, the road that day was very free and the market very scanty as Biafrans sat at home to mourn their fallen heroes, only few Yorubas and Hausa/Fulani were seen, hocking in the market.

Obigbo is one of the most busy areas as far as Port Harcourt is concerned. This place can be regarded as a world of its own as it is a mixture of both city life and rural activities. Heaven knows this, one would have thought they might not be well informed about the sit at home order, but to my greatest surprise, Obigbo was completely deserted and as quiet as a grave yard.

Furthermore on a usual day going from Eleme Junction to Obigbo Express can take nothing less than 2 hours because of traffic jam but on this said day it was as empty as the sky. All roads within the area was completely deserted, as schools, banks, building materials markets, shops and other businesses were completely locked down. Motor cycle riders (Okada) and Keke Napep (tricycle) were not left out as they seem to have disappeared into the thin air as movement of persons was completely put on hold in commemoration of Biafra Heroes and Heroines Day ordered by IPOB.

Space won't let me to talk of Rumuokoro, Illabuchi, Marine baze, Mile 1 Diobu, Lagos park, Ogbuna-abali, Elelenwo and many other areas. Now, with all these areas that massively complied to the sit at home order by IPOB under the supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi KANU, can anyone still say Rivers state is not part of Biafra? I doubt .

Finally, the sit at home was a successful one in Rivers state and a prove that Rivers State is Biafra Land.

God bless Biafra and Biafrans
God bless Mazi Nnamdi KANU

Edited by Her Excellency Oluchi Christy
For Family Writers Press.

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