The visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to commission projects in Imo state Tuesday witnessed a low turn- out of residents as they stayed indoors following a declaration of a sit-at-home by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in the South-east.
The president is in the state to commission Okigwe and Orlu roads as well as the rehabilitated House of Assembly Complex in Owerri, constructed by Governor Hope Uzodinma.
The Biafra agitators had called for the sit-at-home in commemoration of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s appeal hearing at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
However, despite appeals by Uzodinma that residents of the state should come out to welcome the president, citizens obeyed the IPOB directives and stayed indoors.
Most of the busy parts of Owerri, the state capital were deserted as residents have elected to obey the sit-at-home order out of fear of what the IPOB members could do to them, especially given the activities of ‘unknown gunmen.’ (Ripples Nigeria)