Enugu looks empty as residents return to villages to herald 2023
Enugu became largely deserted on Tuesday as many residents have travelled to their villages to herald 2023.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that many parts of the Enugu State capital were empty without the usual vehicular movements and gridlocks.
Only few vehicles were found on the roads on Tuesday just as the ubiquitous commercial tricycles were scanty.
Many shops were also shut as owners have reportedly gone to their villages.
A tricycle operator, Mr Nwachukwu Onwe said the situation was normal.
“This is what we experience every year; so, it is not new to me. On Dec. 30, I will also travel to Ebonyi, my state,’’ he told NAN.
A resident, Mr Ikechukwu Ede told NAN that it was normal for people to travel to their villages not minding the bad state of the economy.
“My village is nearby; it is not difficult for me to travel. I celebrated Christmas in the village and came back to conduct little business on Monday and I shall be returning on Dec. 30 to celebrate the New Year,’’ he said.
A bus driver, Mr Emeka Ani, said the emptiness of Enugu at this period was not unexpected.
“We, Igbo value Christmas so much. So, whether the economy is good or bad, we don’t care; we must celebrate Christmas.
“I am from Udi Local Government Area, very close to Enugu here.
“I was at home on Christmas Day; I came back to work on Dec. 26 and on Dec. 30, I will return to the village for the New Year,’’ he said.