The two-week sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa, which was intended to affect activities in Southeast states, suffered a setback on Tuesday as residents defied the directive and went about their daily routines.
According to reports, business owners in the Owerri metropolis of Imo State opened their establishments to customers, while banks, markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and artisans operated without hindrance across the region.
The sit-at-home order, aimed at protesting certain issues, did not gain traction among the residents, who chose to prioritize their livelihoods and daily activities. The decision to continue with business as usual highlights the resilience and determination of the people to carry on despite the directive.
The development is likely to have implications for the group issuing the order, as it indicates a lack of popular support and adherence to their call. The response of the Southeast residents reflects their desire to maintain normalcy and stability in the region.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how the organizers of the sit-at-home order will respond to the low compliance and whether further developments will occur in the region.
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