Business activities pick up in S/East States after Biafra Day shut down

Economic and social activities resumed in state capitals and other major towns in the South East on Wednes­day – after pro-Biafra agitators shut down the region to mark Biafra Day.

The agitators want an in­dependent state of Biafra fol­lowing the alleged margin­alisation of the Igbo by the Federal Government.
To mark the 50th anni­versary of the Biafra strug­gle, leaders of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sover­eign State of Biafra (MAS­SOB) directed all Igbo people within the zone and 10 northern states to sit at home to observe the day.

Consequently, banks, markets, schools and oth­er public institutions were shut down. The residents, including public and pri­vate workers, deserted their duty posts. The high­ways were also abandoned by motorists and passengers.
But yesterday, offices, schools, markets and oth­er business places reopened promptly in Umuahia (Abia State), Abakaliki (Ebonyi State), Enugu (Enugu State), Awka (Anambra State) and Owerri (Imo State).
Both the traders and resi­dents trooped to the markets to display their wares and to shop. Customers besieged banks and their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) for various transactions.
Pupils and students of various schools in the states also resumed their studies.
Amidst fears that workers of the Anambra State Gov­ernment who did not report for work on Tuesday would be disciplined or even sacked, Governor Willie Obiano said that his administration would not victimise anybody over the incident.
Obiano denied ever threatening that workers who were not at their duty posts on Tuesday would be penalised or sacked.
Through the Commis­sioner for Information and Communication Strategies, Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta, Obiano refuted the allegation, describing it as unfounded.
In Umuahia, the home­town of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, trad­ers, who had shut their shops on Tuesday and transport­ers as well as artisans opened their businesses yesterday.
The people were en­grossed in discussions on the success or otherwise of the sit-at-home order.
Investigations by The AU­THORITY revealed that there was total compliance with the order in various state capitals and cities in the South East.
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu has said that the actu­alisation of Biafra Republic was imminent.
Kanu, who spoke yester­day through IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said that the Biafra project was divine and had the backing of the people. He said that nothing could scut­tle the struggle.
He commended the peo­ple of the South East and South-South for their sup­port and compliance with the May 30 sit-at-home order by IPOB in honour of fallen Bi­afran heroes.
Kanu said that the exercise recorded a huge success in all 98 countries across the globe where it was observed.
He said this was an indica­tion that Biafra had gained in­ternational recognition.

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