Biafra day : ‘We ‘ll lock down Abuja, Kano, Zaria, Kaduna, Lagos, others’ – IPOB
* Secures marching permit in London, US, Middle East, Asia
* Says success of May 30 sit -at-home order ‘ll prove readiness for referendum
By Steve Oko
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has vowed to lock down the entire states within Biafra territory plus other major cities in the country where Biafrans maintain a heavy presence.
IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful identified Sabon Gari Kano, Zaria, Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos as some of the cities where the sit-at -home order would be observed.
“There will be a complete lockdown of Biafraland and major cities where Biafrans have a significant population concentration like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja”, it said.
The statement said the order which is non-violent “is in honour of all those who have died in the cause of the struggle for Biafra independence since it was first declared in 1967.
IPOB said its members in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Asia, Middle East and some African countries had already secured marching permit for peaceful protest in their host countries on May 30.
It said peaceful street protests and prayers would be held in over 88 countries in honour of the foreign Biafra heroes and victims of herdsmen and Boko Haram on that day.
IPOB urged all Biafrans both home and abroad to stay indoors on May 30 as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the struggle for Biafra liberation.
It however, warned “traitors working with the enemy” to sabotage the exercise to retrace their steps or regret their actions.
IPOB further declared that no amount of intimidation or threat would make it back down on the proposed sit -at-home order.
Below is a full text of the press release :
“We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide have resolved to prove on May 30th both in Biafraland and beyond that we remain the preeminent freedom fighting outfit anywhere on this earth at this present moment. The High Command of our illustruous movement have directed that every family meeting in every country around the world must in word and deed demonstrate our formidability and resoluteness before an observant global audience on the 30th of May in such a manner that our heroes, wherever they lie, even in unmarked graves in forgotten battlefields, will be proud of what they achieved 52 years ago. Strict compliance with the sit-at-home order must be strictly and rigorously enforced across Biafraland.
“As 30th of May 2019 Remembrance Day draw ever nearer, Biafrans both home and abroad MUST honour and remember our heroes and heroines that died to stop the total Islamisation of the sacred land of Biafra and perpetual enslavement of the children of God. The exceptionally gallant soldiers of the class of 67-70 and the fearless IPOB family members slain during numerous protests and rallies to free Biafra must be honoured in time honoured IPOB tradition by observing a solemn sit-at-home and complete lockdown of Biafraland on the 30th of May.
“It is therefore the patriotic duty of every right thinking Biafran (man, woman and child) to respect the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our survival as a race. Every generation of Biafrans must honour our heroes because without them Biafraland would have become another conquered territory like Illorin, a Yoruba territory that is today 100% Fulani emirate.
“All IPOB family units outside Biafraland, in over 88 countries and territories around the world, are expected to partake in street demonstrations, rallies, lectures and prayers to ensure the remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May 2019 will go down in history as one of the greatest events of our time. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.
“We commend IPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world that have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event. The leadership of IPOB are also aware that almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Namibia, Ghana and Tanzania have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honour our heroes and heroines on that particular day.
“IPOB family members in the UK have secured their venue at Trafalgar Square London for a rally. It is however interesting to note that when the Deputy National Coordinator of IPOB UK contacted the British Metropolitan Police for permission to march on Trafalgar Square on the 30th of May 2019, they were informed by the officer responsible for issuing permits that since 2014 IPOB started its street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by others groups that have always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area.
“Britain having recognised the very civil approach of IPOB, granted permission to the UK IPOB family to proceed with the rally without undergoing the tedious application process for a permit which groups are normally subjected to. No other liberation movement in the world can boast of the pedigree, presence or respect IPOB enjoys across civilised nations of the world
“There will be a complete lockdown of Biafraland and major cities where Biafrans have a significant population concentration like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja.
“We would like to remind certain criminally minded individuals, DSS informants, traitors and Biafra-for-hire groups that hiding under the banner of Biafra agitation to serve Miyetti Allah agenda through Al Mustapha will only bring them shame and ridicule. As with tradition, Biafraland will be locked down on the 30th of May. These shadowy elements that only exist on the pages of newspapers- without any significant presence on the ground in Biafraland or anywhere else around the world, should retrace their steps before they are all consumed in the upcoming inferno of rage against traitors. Any attempt to discourage our people from honouring their heroes or bring ridicule to the memory of our own Biafran activists that died in the course of Biafra restoration will be calamitous for the said traitor or his group.
“These shadowy groups must know that collecting money from their Fulani sponsors in order to disrespect our heroes that fought and died for us is not something we will tolerate. These charlatans without shame or honour have forgotten that some of their members died at the hands of the same people they have gone to collect money from to stop a remembrance that includes honouring those members of theirs that died in service to Biafra. This is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind.
“To shamefully make such open and unguarded statements concerning the remembrance day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines who died that we may live is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mindset of these Nigeria sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans. Only informants, traitors and sabotuers will dream stepping outside on the 30th of May and if they do, they will only have themselves to blame.
“COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.”
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