As President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on official visit today, the state government has warned the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to foment trouble in the state, even as it assured the residents of the state of safety and order.
The government said security operatives will come hard on any person or group that works against the prevailing peace in the state.
IPOB had declared a sit-at-home order today and declared that the president is not welcomed in any part of the South East.
Addressing newsmen in Owerri, the state commissioner for information and strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba warned that no person or group should dare the resolve of the government to host the president to a befitting reception.
He said, “I have not heard of any sit-at-home order by any group. I think the one I heard is the one that said they want their leader released and will be protesting any day he appears in court. However we are talking of a presidential visit. President Buhari is visiting Imo and we will do everything to give him a befitting reception. We have made every security arrangement in this regard and I assure you that Imo people are enthusiastic about the visit.”
According to him, the visit is unique adding that it will be the president’s first to the state officially.
Meanwhile, some of the projects for commissioning include the Ihiagwa – Nekede Road, the Balloon technology-driven underground tunnel with surface drainage at Chukwuma Nwoha road, Naze/ Nekede/Ihiagwa Road, the Egbeada By-Pass and the newly built modern executive chambers within the Government House.
Emelumba said already residents were enthusiastic to receive the president even as he added that the traders to show their enthusiasm have decided to close all markets today.