Breaking : IPOB locks down S’East, S’South celebrating Kanu’s re-appearance
* Insists on boycott of 2019 presidential poll
* Says Biafra or nothing
By Steve Oko
Hundreds of thousands of members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and those sympathetic to their cause, Friday staged a peaceful rally in major cities, towns and local communities across South East and South South geopolitical zones.
The enthusiastic peaceful protesters including children and women were celebrating the re-appearance of their Leader, Mazi Nnamdi kanu, who disappeared from the scene since September 14, 2017 after his Afaraukwu Umuahia country home was invaded by soldiers.
Kanu, after a year of speculations, claims and counter claims over his whereabouts, re-surfaced in Jerusalem, Israel where he is currently taking refuge, saying he miraculously escaped from those who came to assassinate him.
Movements and economic activities were grounded in major cities in the zones particularly Aba, Port Harcourt, Ogoja and Onitsha as these IPOB members marched on the streets chanting pro -Biafra songs in solidarity, and to the admiration of residents who were applauding them as the processing moved on.
There were however no reports of skirmishes with security agencies so far as at the time of filing this report .
The protesters said they were happy Kanu was not killed during the raid on his home, and said his re-rmergence had tremendously rekindled their hope in Biafra.
Later in a press statement, IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful said the peaceful rally was to demonstrate their joy over Kanu’s survival.
He said the action was also a warning message to Nigeria that the 2019 elections particularly the presidential poll would be boycotted through out Biafra territory.
The statement said Biafrans were tired of belonging to Nigeria, and had made up their mind to have their own sovereign country despite stiff resistance by the security operatives.
Below is a full text of the statement made available to Wawa News Global :
“This is to inform the general public and entire world that IPOB Volunteers marched along all major streets and roads of Biafraland today to register their happiness over the second coming and reappearance of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Jerusalem, the state of Israel last month. Our leader’s reappearance in Israel after the Nigerian government and her security forces including the Nigerian Army, Air force and Naval forces invaded his compound at Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia in Abia State last year September is clearly an indication to all and sundry that God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) is behind the struggle for Biafra liberation.
“Biafrans are equally today showcasing to the world that we are ready to boycott every Nigerian elections come 2019 especially presidential election next year.
Our march today on the roads and streets across Biafraland must send signals to politicians and saboteurs among us that Biafrans are determined to leave the prison called Nigeria where British government experimented to lead black Africans and other black nations across the globe but failed to live up to the expectations for over 100 years because of the Hausa Fulani caliphate dominations.
“IPOB rally and march today been 23rd November, 2018 is ongoing in all the States across Biafraland like Rivers, Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Delta, Imo, Ebonyi, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and other Biafra clans and tribes fraudulently caved into Kogi, Benue and Edo States, the unrelented efforts by IPOB family worldwide to restore Biafra sovereignty must continue unless Nigeria Government and it’s handlers give us date for Biafra referendum to ascertain whether our people wants to continue stay in Nigeria or not.
“We are much aware that some unscrupulous individuals and groups including those Biafran stocks who works with Nigeria Government and those who prefer to be slaves in their own fathers land to the detriment of Biafra restoration project. IPOB is divinely ordained to restore Biafra sovereignty out of this enclave called Nigeria. We are coming to show Nigerians and it’s handlers including their security apparatus what is called civil disobedience because IPOB is more of intellectuals than daft.
“COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.”