Business activities in the eastern and southern regions of Nigeria were brought to a halt today following the commemoration of the fallen heroes and heroines of the Republic of Biafra. The nation of Biafra gained independence on July 30th, 1967 but was later reintegrated into Nigeria after a brutal genocide war championed by the Nigerian and the British government which left over 3 million civilians, mostly children dead.
The Nigerian authorities had earlier warned that it would deal decisively with anyone ordering people to sit at home to observe the event However, live videos and photos from the two regions reveal that schools, banks, markets and many institutions were closed for business today to honour the event. The order to shutdown business activities and sit at home came from the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, one of the groups calling for an Independent state for the Biafran people.
The group adopted the sit-at-home method after the government killed several civilians in Anambra state who gathered to mark the event in 2016.
Peaceful protest marches were also observed in different cities around the world.