The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) had declared a May 30 a public holiday for their supporters to commemorate 50 years of the declaration of the secessionist state of Biafra.
As a result, business activities in most parts of Eastern Nigeria have been hugely grounded as many traders closed shops following the holiday declared by pro-Biafra agitators. Major business areas, especially those dominated by Igbo traders, were shut down.
The sit-at-home is to remember those who died in the Nigerian civil war fought between Nigerian troops and rebel Biafra forces.
However, ,the event has been highly criticised by some people. According to Vanguard, a Portharcourt lawyer, Mr Chijokwu Wombu, has criticised the observance of the holiday by some traders in Port Harcourt, saying, “ it is of no meaning.’’ He said the traders staying at home in adherence to the declaration of holiday did not make Rivers part of Biafra.
“I see the whole thing as mere showmanship, the traders merely pretend to have closed shops, but they are all milling around the business premises. “I tell you that they are in business, just go close and ask for something, you will be surprised that they will sell to you, people should stop being deceptive,’’ he said.
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