Sahara Reporters had on Saturday reported that the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari would visit the state on Thursday.
The governor had made the disclosure at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport in Owerri. Uzodinma had stated that his trip to Abuja was to “address some political matters and some critical issues.”
Also, the governor had announced that the President would commission “significant projects” while in Imo. He listed roads constructed through federal government/World Bank Intervention and also Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management (NEWMAP) projects.
“Imo has been able to attract additional support from Mr. President on the management of some ecological problems in the state,” he had said.
On the Anambra election, Uzodinma had predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would emerge victorious.
The governor had urged the people of the state and the South-East to align with the APC.
“Those who support the party at the centre will get both their rights and their privileges,” he also added.
But then, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has kicked against the Thursday’s planned visit of the President to Imo State. IPOB declared that Nigeria’s president is not “welcomed into Imo State, Biafra Land on Thursday, September 9, 2021.”
According to one of the IPOB executives by name, Mazi Chika Edoziem, “all the traditional rulers, all ndi ichie and every Biafran should stay away from any ceremony organised by Hope Uzodimma to welcome him.”
So as a result and as a means of protest, IPOB had declared a total lock down of Biafra States on that very day.