President Muhammadu Buhari has landed in Owerri, capital of Imo State on Thursday.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had earlier announced that Mr Buhari will be in the state to commission some projects completed by his administration.
Early Thursday morning, multimedia reports from the five states of the South-East geo-political zone showed that residents stayed in doors to comply with the sit-at-home directive of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
The group, whose leader Nnamdi Kanu is being detained by the federal government, ordered the exercise to protest against the continued detention of the secessionist intercepted and brought back to Nigeria from Kenya in June.
At about 10:00am, Mr Buhari landed at the Sam Mbakwe airport and was received by some government officials.
At the road leading to the airport is a handful of crowd awaiting the president’s arrival while other roads and streets in the state remained deserted.
A similar scenario played out in Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia States.
The president was welcomed by Uzodinma and his Ebonyi counterpart, David Umahi.