As the security facilities in the southeast region crash, IPOB terror activities have continued to inspire solemn dirges, teary epitaphs and symposia on lamentations across Alaigbo. The group has succeeded in turning the South East into a giant warehouse, where widows and orphans are manufactured.
Death has become so cheap that coffin manufacturers are finding it hard to meet demands.
But, for the despairing families, death is not even the most horrific part. Recovering their deceased’s corpses from the cannibalistic IPOB terror gang for burial is a herculean task, with a proportion only second to the proverbial camel going through the eye of a needle.
Even if they managed to retrieve the corpses, the soaring cost of caskets is another issue they’d have to deal with. Families who can’t afford the exorbitant cost of burial are left with no option but to reluctantly allow their deceased to be cannibalized by the zombie IPOB group.
Those who couldn’t withstand such an additional tragedy have called on their state governments, particularly Anambra and Imo states, to help subsidize coffins and other burial materials.
While all these tragic events are happening on the left, on the right, the workers in the mourning industry are cashing out big. Coffin dealers, undertakers and cemetery workers in Anambra and Imo states have become millionaires overnight.
A coffin seller, who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity because the issue is very sensitive, revealed that he left his old job as a bank manager in 2019 to open his coffin shop in Anambra.
“At first” he recalled, “my family was against the idea. My wife, especially, was very mad at me. She questioned my sanity. ‘You cannot resign as a bank manager to go and work as an Akpati man. If you do, I will leave!’ she threatened. But after much persuasion, she reluctantly gave me her blessings.” He continued, “but today, I am making millions. My wife is also happy. Not a day goes by without her thanking me for making such a genius investment”
Another coffin dealer, Jude Nnamdi, described IPOB as a “dark employer, who has provided lucrative job opportunities for hitherto poor coffin merchants, like me, through its devilish activities.”
Johnson, a cemetery worker from Anambra, confided in me that in all his life as a cemetery worker, he’s never made the kind of money he’s making now.
At Madam Ngozi’s coffin outlet, a young man, who came to buy 13 coffins, shocked the people around the vicinity with his laughing and cheery attitude. They wondered what could be making someone who came to buy 13 coffins to be so happy. When probed, the young man revealed that he was happy because after several failed attempts, he finally got coffins to buy. “I am buying the coffins for myself and everyone in my household. No one knows when death would come. But we all know coffins are getting scarcer and more expensive day by day. So, I don’t want to be caught unawares”, the young man said.
Meanwhile, Igbo youth in diaspora have lamented the increasing rate of insecurity in the South East.
According to Nze (@Nzekiev), “Every day you wake up as an Igbo person, don’t forget to call IPOB a terror group because that’s what they are. I call them Baby Talibans because IPOB is a terrorist group. Everyone should spread this message. We won’t keep quiet because they’re with guns.”
For @Ifeadianyichim, “IPOB remains one of the reason why I refuse to travel down to East. Ndia but ndi ntooo…. Ndi IPOB bu ndi ohi…. Ndi IPOB na egbu mmadu..”