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.