IPOB gives guidelines for Biafra day anniversary, rules out sit-at-home
By Steve Oko
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has given a breakdown of activities it put in place to commemorate this year’s Biafran Day slated for Saturday, May 30.
IPOB in a release by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said this year’s event would not feature any rally or protests.
According to the release, this year’s annual event will begin and end with prayers for the repose of the souls of all those lost in the struggle for Biafra independence as well as for divine protection of those still involved in the struggle.
IPOB also said the event would feature prayers for “divine protection of all Biafrans everywhere on the surface of the earth against the covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world”, adding that “we shall also pray for the speedy recovery of all those infested with the scourge, and for immediate end of the global pandemic.”
The statement further said that the three day event which started on May 27 would feature candle light processions and prayers in all cities in ‘Biafra land’.
“This year’s episode and event will start with prayers and end with prayers. There will also be candle processions at every state, LGA, ward and church in our land. It is very imperative that our people observe these great days for those who paid ultimate price and sacrificed their youthful lives for our own lives to be today.”
On why it ruled out sit-at-home protest which had characterised the event in previous years, IPOB said the decision was taken in order not to further inconvenience the people who had been indoors for some time now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“There won’t be any sit- at -home or indoors because our people stayed much days at home during the coronavirus lockdown. IPOB wouldn’t like to bother people with another lockdown in form of sit-at -home.
“This year’s anniversary will begin with reading of Psalms of David from chapter 1 to the last chapter. Every individual and group(s) should observe this year”s prayer designed to remember our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price for our living.
“Therefore, IPOB families and Biafrans across countries of the world are encouraged to use this year’s anniversary to pray for all our fallen heroes including all those who were killed by the overzealous Nigeria security personnel in the course of the renewed quest to restore Biafra.”