Umuahia, on Saturday, witnessed a state of perplexity as approximately 500 widows, all donned in somber black attire, orchestrated a protest. These women, self-identifying as the ‘Widows United for the Liberation of Abia,’ embarked on what they termed a ‘Liberation March’ through various streets in the state’s capital.
Among the widows, there was a diverse mix of old and middle-aged women who voiced fervent declarations against anyone they perceived as obstructing the progress of Abia State. Carrying long sticks and raising their hands in prayer, the women commenced their march from Library Avenue, traversed to Okpara Square, and proceeded to other parts of the city.
While it remained unclear whether they were sponsored or had independently congregated from different regions within the state, a banner they displayed indicated their affiliation with a group known as ‘The Cry Of The Widows Network, Abia State Chapter.’
This demonstration resulted in substantial traffic congestion on major roads within the state capital, as motorists found themselves immobilized by the situation.
When a reporter approached the perspiring widows to inquire about the motive behind their protest, they asserted their determination to resist any attempts to undermine truth and peace in Abia.
However, one of the widows, Cherechi Samuel, disclosed that they had assembled from various parts of Abia with the sole purpose of offering prayers for divine intervention in the state. Cherechi estimated that approximately 2,000 members of their group had participated in the protest.