There was palpable tension in some parts of Anambra State Tuesday morning following abrupt closure of some schools, markets and shops over purported order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) directing shutting down of business activities to enable residents offer prayers for Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
In Onitsha and Nnewi towns, as early as
8:30am, schools and markets were shut down few moments after opening for the day’s business. People were seen running helter skelter, including parents and guardians who rushed back to schools to bring home their children.
A woman who was seen rushing home with her kids, said had to return home with the children on sighting other pupils leaving the school environment.
“I was taking my kids to school when I saw other parents trouping out with their children. When I asked, they said the management said they received an information ordering closure of schools in the state,” she said.
A release circulating online quoted IPOB as declaring November 30 as one day prayers and asking for businesses to be shutdown
The circular reportedly extracted from broadcast by Mazi Chika Edoziem HDOS on Radio Biafra on November 26, 2021, stated, “On the 30th of November being Eke market day, Biafrans of all works of life shall pray for peace and Unity of all Biafrans in Biafraland.
“The unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from the hands of our oppressors and for the restoration of the sovereign nation, Biafra”
“On this very day, we will make one solemn sacrifice. I am not instituting Sit-at-home but all Biafrans should dedicate that day by shutting down all business activities, Banks should not open.
“We must stand in the open and make sure that the day light shines upon us, if it rains, let the rain fall upon us as we make this prayer
“All Pastors, Evangelists, Prophets, Rabbis etc shall lead in this day prayer. The Odinala people must also gather and call on the spirits that guards the land and Chukwu Okike Abiama.
“Our kings and Ezes will also come out to pray in the manner that our ancestors prayed in the old days… They pray with a native kola that has four parts.”
Reacting, IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful confirmed that the decision to pray on November 30 was from the leadership, but said they did not order closure of markets, schools or any other institutions.
He said, “Yes, that is the decision of IPOB leadership to seek the face of good God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama to help release Nnamdi KANU.
“We did not ask markets, schools or any other institutions to close.
“That our people obliged that call we made means they love Biafra fight for freedom and our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU.
“We thank them for their support and prayers today, God Almighty Chukwu Okike Abiama will soon release our leader Mazi Nnamdi for us, we longed to see him again in our midst.