By Chidi Nkwopara, OWERRI.
The ever busy MCC/Uratta Road and other communities in Imo State, were Tuesday, taken over by scores of Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, loyalists who were celebrating Nnamdi Kanu’s bail.
The spontaneous jubilation, drew a large crowd of ardent supporters of the Biafran sovereignty in Imo.
They carried varying Biafran insignia, including flags, caps, shirts and flex banners, as they sang victory songs and danced happily to the melodies.
Some other jubilant loyalists in Owerri, were seen distributing free drinks in some of the joints Vanguard visited before going to press yesterday.
One of the demonstrators, Chike, who spoke to Vanguard as they processed said: “We are celebrating the release of one of our own, who has been incarcerated for several months. I am only praying that the bail granted him this time, won’t be treated like the previous ones, especially as the present Federal Government hates the rule of law with passion”.
Answering another question, Chike said it was not right to differentiate IPOB loyalists from either the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, or Biafran Independence Movement, BIM.
“We are all heading towards the actualization of a free Biafra. In this particular instance, we are all rejoicing”, Chike said.
Speaking also, a woman who simply identified herself as Mrs. Sylvia said they were not particularly concerned with the bail conditions, even as she described them as “stringent and draconian”.
“I am a mother. I know how it feels to have a loved one locked up endlessly by traducers. I do not know how the High Court Judge does not want Nnamdi Kanu to be seen among more than 10 persons or talk to the press about his experience in captivity”, Mrs. Sylvia said.
While expressing gratitude to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, for being on hand to encourage the embattled IPOB leader, Sylvia had no kind words for South East governors, who she alleged, kept their distance since the struggle for Kanu’s freedom started.
Efforts to reach the protagonist of BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, for his comments failed before press time yesterday.