The secessionist group had called on all Igbos living in the south east to stay at home as a way of protesting the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB and the director of Radio Biafra.
While there was compliance in Anambra on Friday, September 23 where residents stayed in their houses and markets were deserted, Ebonyi people went about their normal duties without any indication that they were participating in the protest.
In reaction to the development, Mr. Ugochukwu Nweke who is the coordinator of IPOB in Ebonyi observed the sit-at-home protest with some of the members but berated the majority of the people for not conforming to it.
Nweke described Ebonyi people as coward and myopic.
“Ebonyi People are myopic but we the Indigenous People of Biafra are resolute, we cannot succumb to all manner of threats, intimidations and harassments by security agents and the Nigeria government. “
We are unstoppable and we cannot mind Ebonyi people who are not concerned on Biafra course, they have never behaved like Igbos.”
A similar incidence occoured in Owerri, Imo state where residents went about their usual business.
The failure of the order in Imo was largely due to a counter-instruction from Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the original founder of MASSOB and leader of the Biafra Independence Movement (BIM).
Speaking through his director of information, Mr Sunday Okerafor, Uwazuruike had urged his followers to ignore the order to sit at home. He said: “The IPOB order is selfish and I’ll timed. “Giving such an order in the face of the current economic hardship inflicted on Ndigbo by the Nigerian government, will cause more harm than good.