“Aba Has Been on Fire”, says Ada Nweke on Facebook

Ada Nweke, a Facebook user, has posted on that medium that Aba, a commercial city located in Abia State, Nigeria, “has been on fire” following a clash between some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and some men of the Nigerian Army.  In a post published on her timeline yesterday (Tuesday, 12th September, 2017), Ada gave details of what she witnessed and submitted that “If a war begins, Nnamdi Kanu has enough money and resources to fly himself and his family abroad.” Please read her Facebook post below:

“Aba has been on fire since this afternoon, right now we are under a curfew that started by 6pm this evening. I was in my room this afternoon when I heard people shouting, I ran out of the balcony to know what was wrong and saw people running in fear. I had to put on something and rush downstairs to know what was wrong, when I heard gunshots and more screams, I asked a stranger what was wrong, she said that Ariaria market had been shut down and they were killing any Hausa person in sight.”

“I was scared and started dialing my mum’s number, she wasn’t picking so I was frantic, my only family (my parents) were not home yet. I made up my mind to run to her shop to make sure she was safe, I hadn’t gone far when I saw some army officials shooting sporadically and people were running back to the direction I was coming from. I had to join in the race to head back home. I sighted the Hausa man who had helped me sew my slippers yesterday begging for his life as my Igbo brothers tried to set him on fire, he ran into someone’s car still begging, they started pouring fuel on the car and tried to light it up. The car owner refused to give up the Hausa man so he too was going to be burnt alive for trying to save a life, he drove off speedily and almost knocked one of the predators down. I sighed, at least another human with a conscience.”

“My street is like a ghost town. Shop owners have closed and gone home. Today I knew what real fear felt like, today I saw a human beg his fellow humans not to kill him. My fellow Igbos, please we don’t want war. This whole Biafra thing is turning into something else, if a war begins, Nnamdi Kanu has enough money and resources to fly himself and his family abroad. While most of you fighting for him are struggling to even afford one square meal in a day.”

“Today I cried cos I felt what it would be like if a war begins, my family wouldn’t be with me and we might not return to each other cos we ran separate ways??Bikonu, agha adighi mma. Maka ndi nwuru anwu n’agha gara aga. Anyi na asi ‘ozoemena’.”facebook

Nnamdi Kanu is leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group that has been at the forefront of a quest for the secession of the South East of Nigeria from the rest of the country. The Federal Government of Nigeria has filed a case in a Federal High Court for his re-arrest and detention, for allegedly breaching the conditions attached to his bail. It would be recalled that Nnamdi Kanu was being tried on charges of treasonable felony in a Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal capital. The court released him on bail in April 2017. Justice Binta Nyako said at that time that the court’s decision was based on health grounds. As part of conditions for Kanu’s release on bail, the court expressly warned him not to attend any rally or grant any form of interview.
Meanwhile, Ada Nweke’s post on Facebook had 140 (one hundred and forty) shares, 61 (sixty one) comments and 388 (three hundred and eighty eight) likes at the time of filing this report.  She posted thus, about an hour ago:
Should I pull down my post about what happened in Aba or not? A lot of people are telling the story in different ways to the extent that some people are accusing me of copying and pasting.”
All the facebook comments below that post advised her to retain the post and remain undaunted. One Okoh Ngozika Estelle stated: “People are funny. So someone will just stay and narrate things as scary as what you wrote yesterday? You even involved your parents. Don’t pull down anything. Whoever wants to believe should believe.”
– Cornelius Ellah
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