It appears the influence of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been restricted to the five 5 South-East States.
On Monday, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, that were part of the Biafra regional government during the civil war in 1967-1970, shunned the sit-at-home directive.
While there have been controversies over the exact map of the Biafra States, the outcome of the sit-at-home appears to be restricting the map to five states of Anambra, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi. In these States, the directive was actively observed.
Partial compliance was observed in Rivers State. However, Cross River State, a former province of the Eastern region, did not comply with the directive as observed. The popular Wat market, in Calabar, was opened for business, with traders transacting their businesses.
However, even traders from the South-East also boycotted the order. Although some are said to be sympathetic to the struggle for Biafra, they still went about their businesses.
Similarly, in Bayelsa State, reports from the major Swali ultra-modern market observed non-compliance with the directive. The ever-busy Mbiama-Yenagoa road where bigger shops are located and Tombia phone market were also not locked.
Recall that controversial self-styled activist, Asari Dokubo, has been challenging Kanu for the control of the IPOB movement. Recently, the ex-militant declared himself the leader of the Biafra defacto Customary Government (BCG).
He also accused Kanu of trying to make the Biafra struggle, an “Igbo struggle”.