Imolites, yesterday, described the visit by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as a blessing to the people of the state, while some said it caused them unexpected difficulties.
Some Pro Biafra supporters who spoke to Vanguard in Owerri, said that a referendum had been conducted going by the crowed that thronged out to welcome their leader. While some motorists said that it was not a savoury experience for them as they were trapped in a hold up for more than eight hours. This was even as some of them told Vanguard that they had to take the decision of spending the rest of the day celebrating the visit of Nnamdi Kanu. Vanguard went further to get the views of street hawkers who said that they had never experience the kind of patronage they had during the visit of IPOB leader. Even those selling Biafra insignias asked Kanu to come for second missionary journey and that his coming brought blessings and food on their table. One of the supporters of Biafra struggle, introduced himself as Chima Mbata, age ,28, from Nkwerre Local Government Area, Imo state, said that he got healed of his two days headache after sighting Kanu from the crowd. Iheme said: “I was in the House and my mother called me to come out and see Nnamdi Kanu, at Orlu road roundabout, I told her that I can’t come because I was not feeling fine. “But she insisted, then I managed to come out immediately I saw Kanu, I was healed. I become stronger and joined other young men in the struggle.” Also, speaking to Vanguard, a sachet water seller, who preferred the name, Juliana Ugo, from Ebonyi state, said: ” I made up to 11, 500, I have never realised this type of money before as a pure water seller, to the extent that there was no where you can get pure water. “Some of us who still have it in their stock started selling it for N20 each while some sold a sachet for N30.”