Private and missionary schools have ceased operations in Imo State as a result of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s call for a sit-at-home on Monday, May 31, 2021, throughout the South-East region.
On Thursday, residents of Owerri resorted to panic buying in order to prepare for the order’s possible consequences.
While some schools were closed until Tuesday of the following week, others gave their students a week of rest at home.
Schools requested that students remain at home during this time period to avoid any casualties.
For example, a message from Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri schools requested that parents keep their children at home from Thursday, May 27, to Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
The message from the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri’s Directorate of Education stated, “Taking advantage of the already scheduled public holiday for tomorrow, we have determined that it is prudent to allow students/pupils to enjoy a longer weekend before returning to school on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.”
“Boarding students should not be compelled to return to their homes. Those who wish to return to school should be accommodated.”
Residents swarm various markets in preparation for the sit-at-home.
There was an unusual rush of buyers at various foodstuffs stands in Eke Onunwa and the Relief Market.
Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, urged residents to disregard the separatist group’s sit-at-home order.
He stated that the state government was capable of maintaining law and order throughout and after the period.
IPOB had previously stated that human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the South-East on Monday to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Biafra.
As a result, it stated that all markets, parks, schools, and airports would be closed.
Emma Powerful, the group’s Director of Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement on Thursday.
The statement read in part, “We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, led ably by the prophet of our generation, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce once again that this year’s annual Biafra Remembrance Day and candlelight procession will take place on Sunday night, 30th of May, while a sit-at-home and total lockdown will take place on Monday, 31st of May, 2021, rather than May 30 as previously
“The adjustment is intended to ensure that churches can conduct their regular services on Sunday, May 30, without interference. However, on Monday May 31, there will be no human or vehicular movement throughout Biafra land.
“As a result, every resident of Biafra land is advised to observe a sit-at-home order on Monday, May 31, 2021. That day is considered sacred in Biafra land in memory of the over five million Biafrans massacred during the civil war by the evil Nigerian forces.
“On that day, Biafra land will be completely shut down as we remember all our fallen heroes and heroines, including agitators, who have paid the ultimate price in our struggle for independence since 1967.
“On that day, all markets, filling stations, motor parks, airports, seaports, banks, and schools in Biafra land, as well as all social activities, are to be closed. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, everyone in Biafra land is to remain indoors. Individuals are instructed to stock their homes with food items prior to that day in order to avoid the need to shop on that day.”
Similarly, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has designated Sunday, May 30, 2021, as a special day of prayer for the restoration of Biafra.
It stated that this year’s Biafra Day would be unique and special due to the fact that it fell on a Sunday.
According to a statement released on Thursday by MASSOB’s National Leader, Uchenna Madu, all churches in Biafra land have been directed to observe special prayers and supplications for the repose of the souls of fallen Biafra heroes, including those killed by Nigerian security agents, Boko Haram, and herdsmen.