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Stay-at-home protests bring southeast Nigeria to standstill

PROTESTS: President Muhammadu Buhari's critics have said that the protests show he has lost respect

STREETS THAT are usually brimming with civilians and congested with traffic have been deserted in cities and towns in the southeast of Nigeria.

The closure of markets, banks and schools marks the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian civil war.

In 1967, the war ensued between the government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra.

Those opposing the government represented the nationalist aspirations of the Igbo people, who accused the authorities of failing to develop their areas and felt they could no longer coexist with the northern-dominated federal government.

The three-year war was fought to gain independence for the region and resulted in more than 1 million people being killed.

Critics have said that president Muhammadu Buhari was humiliated by the actions of the Biafra separatist groups with their sit-at-home-order.

Former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode said the success of the protest was a clear indication that Buhari has lost his respect in the eyes of the word.

PICTURED: Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode

He wrote in a Facebook post: “IPOB’s ‘stay-at-home’ order has brought the east to a standstill.

“These brave young freedom fighters who have continued to resist the tyranny of Muhammadu Buhari by peaceful means have won the respect of the world. They are martyrs and heroes. God bless my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu!”

Nigerian authorities have warned the secessionists against street protests and security forces are on patrol.

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