President Mohammadu Buhari scheduled visit to Imo State is currently in progress.
The visit comes amid the sit-at-home order issued by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Imo residents.
His aircraft touched down at Sam Mbakwe cargo airport, Owerri, the state capital, about 9:00 am on Thursday.
The president was received by David Umahi, chairman of the South-east Governors’ Forum, and Hope Uzodimma, Imo governor
Meanwhile, economic activities in Owerri and other parts of Imo State have been shut down following the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari in the state.
Buhari’s decision to visit the state had stimulated tension in the entire Southeastern region following the declaration of sit-at-home by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in solidarity for its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Although the secessionist group had subsequently denied issuing the order, places such as banks and shops have been shut over fear of attacks by the unknown gunmen wreaking havoc in the region.
Contrary to calls by some separatists and critics of Buhari, the President received a warm welcome by some citizens of the state upon his arrival.
Buhari is expected to inaugurate some projects in the state during his visit.
In a Facebook post, Uzodimma said the residents of Imo are happy to have the president visit the state.
“It is with a heart full of gratitude that I, on behalf of the good people of Imo State, welcome His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to the Eastern Heartland on a working visit to commission some of our completed people-oriented projects,” he said.
“Mr President, we are delighted to have you in Imo State on this august occasion despite your tight schedules and it’s our pleasure that while in Imo state, you will enjoy the hospitality and conviviality of our people.”