The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced that there will be total lock down of states within the ‘Biafra Land’ on May 30.
IPOB in a statement issued by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said that the anticipated lock down is to mar the 2021 annual anniversary of the group’s fallen heroes.
Powerful who stated that the planned sit-at-home on May 30 would also be observed by the group members in the diaspora in over 100 countries of the world, disclosed that there won’t be any procession or protest anywhere in Biafra land on that day as everyone is expected to stay indoors to mark the day.
“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our prophet and liberator of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce to the public and Biafrans both home and abroad, that the annual anniversary of our fallen heroes and heroines will be on Sunday, 30th of May 2021.
“As usual, there will be total lock down of the entire Biafra land on that day. There will be sit-at- home across Biafraland, Lagos, Abuja as well as northern towns with reasonable Biafran population.
“The sit-at-home order is also to be observed in all the markets within and outside Biafra land where our people do their businesses. It shall also be observed by Diasporan Biafrans in the over 100 countries with the IPOB family is present.
“We equally request our fellow comrades in Yoruba, Middle Belt and other Christians living in the far North to solidarise with us in the event as we honour all those who have paid the supreme price in our struggle for total freedom.
“All Biafrans living overseas must hold rallies in their respective countries of abode in honour of our fallen heroes and heroines including the gallant Imo State Eastern Security Network, ESN, COMMANDER, Ikonso and his men murdered last week by the Nigeria security agents. The rallies will also show the outside world of our resolve and preparedness to leave Nigeria. We equally advise our Diasporan people to ensure they get the written approval of their host countries before embarking on the rallies.
“30th of May every year is very dear to Biafrans because it was the date our Hero, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared our resistance to the genocidal attacks by Nigeria and Fulani Janjaweeds which culminated into the 30-month civil war from 1967 to 1970. We shall always remember all those who died in the course of the war and our march to freedom.
“Consequently, there will be no movement on the roads throughout Biafraland; no banking or financial services in our territory; no commercial activities of any kind. The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), National Associations of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Luxurious Bus Associations of Nigeria (LUBAN), Keke and Tricycle Associations of Nigeria, Antisans, Vulcanizers, Okada Associations, Markets, Parks, Airports, Seaports, and others in Biafra land are advised to shut down completely on that day.
“There will be no procession or protest anywhere in Biafra land on that day. Everyone is to stay indoors, no church service on that fateful day (the Chukwu Okike Abiama (Almighty God) knows what we are doing.
“There will be no church services in various churches in Biafraland. Nobody is expected to flout this directive.
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“Remember that this anniversary was not observed in 2019 because of the covid-19 pandemic. So we want this year’s event to be resounding.”