“My fellow Igbos, please we don’t want war”

One Ada Nweke, assumedly a residence in the commercial city of Aba, Abia state, narrated the disturbing incidence which took place around the city at noon Wednesday, Sept. 13.

In the narration, which got a lot of reactions, Nweke revealed how an ‘innocent’ shoe maker was almost killed because he’s a Hausa man.

According to the narration, “Aba has been on fire since this Afternoon, right now we are under a curfew that started by 6pm this Evening.”

Nweke, in her mid twenties was in her room when she heard people shouting, so she ran out of the balcony to know what could be the reason. She saw people running in fear and wailing. Wondering what the problem could be, she dashed out to get an eye witness report, but couldn’t go beyond where she was after she heard gunshots and more screams prompting her to ask someone what was the issue.

Ariaria market had been shut down and they were killing any Hausa person in sight, someone told her, causing more fear in her at that point.

The fear intensified when her mother who runs a shop in the popular Ariaria market didn’t pick her calls. After several attorney to reach her mother to no avail, she summoned courage to reach her by walking towards the same direction where the action was.

She hadn’t gone far when she saw trooper of army shooting sporadically, scaring people off, and were running to the direction she was coming from.

She had to join in the race heading back home when she sighted a Hausa man who had helped her sewn her slippers the previous day, begging for his life as some Igbo youths attempted to set him on fire. He ran into someone’s car still begging, as the mob poured fuel on the car to light it up.

The owner of the car who refused to be compromised nor give up the Hausa man managed to drive off in speed, as he risked his life to save the ‘innocent’ man.

Nweke felt a little relief, knowing that, at least there is still another human with a conscience.

The ever busy street became a ghost town, as shops owners closed and went home out of fear.

In her words, “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 began, Nnamdi Kanu has enough money and resources to fly abroad with his family, 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 began, my family wouldn’t be with me and we might not return to each other because we ran separate ways,” she said.

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