Photos: Imo people observe sit-at-home as Buhari visits Owerri, inaugurates project

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President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to Imo State

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Owerri, the Imo state capital amidst tight security and sit-at-home protest by many Imo people.

Realnews reports that the presidential jet landed at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport at about 9.30 am.

The president, decked in Igbo traditional attire, was received by Governor Hope Uzodimma and some members of his executive council.

Realnews which monitored the visit, reports that there were APC members singing and waiting to receive the president before his arrival.  The Advocate also reported that members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who had threatened to disrupt the visit, were not seen near any of the venues including sites of some strategic projects.

After inspecting a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the Nigerian Army, the president was driven to Owerri City Centre where he’s expected to commission some projects.

It was gathered that the first port of call would be the Naze – Nekede – Ihiagwa road where he’s expected to commission the first phase of the road.

Roads, streets deserted

Roads in Owerri, the Imo state capital, are deserted as residents have stayed indoors ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state.

As early as 6 am, security operatives mounted road blocks and barricaded major roads in the metropolis.

Commuting in and out of Imo has been a herculean task, as both intra and inter bus services were virtually impaired.

The measures might not be unconnected with the stay-at-home order issued by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, over the president’s visit.

All markets, banks, commercial centres in the city are shut.

Heads of market associations had, on Wednesday, asked traders to stay at home on Thursday.

Residents, who spoke with our correspondent, expressed anger at the security arrangements made to check IPOB ahead of President Buharii’s visit to Imo.

Emeka, a resident of Ihiagwa, expressed indignation that he was not allowed to move a kilometre out of his neighbourhood.

The president is expected to commission the first phase of the Naz -Nekede – Ihiagwa road.

Emeka said, “So, how can we welcome the president if we are not allowed to go out from our houses?”

“Security agents, especially soldiers are not friendly at all as they bark and wave guns at people trekking,”

The president is expected to land at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport any moment from now.  - ( with reports from The Advocate) 

- Sept. 9, 2021 @ 12:26 GMT |

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