The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by detained Nnamdi Kanu, has declared May 30 sit-at-home day.
In a statement by the media and publicity secretary of the secessionist group on Monday, the group said the day must be kept sacrosanct in memory of the fallen heroes of the Biafra cause.
The Kanu-led group had since suspended sit-at-home exercises in the South-East, saying that it was a whole lot of inconvenience to the people of the area.
But the group on Monday said the May 30 event would be special and sacrosanct in Biafraland, stating that the occasion would begin from 6 am to 6 pm on the said day, adding that every economic, social, religious, and political activity in Biafraland would be suspended, with the exception of hospitals, doctors, nurses, ambulances, and other health workers who be on essential duties- all other people and workplaces are advised to sit at home.
The group said all other sectors including police stations should be under locks and keys within Biafra territory, adding, “We call on industries, companies, transport companies(air, land, and sea) hotels, schools, and churches to shut down in honour of our heroes and heroines.
It asked Biafrans in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria to join the sit-at-home exercise, counselling Biafrans and other residents in Biafra territory to avoid endangering their lives or their businesses by obeying the order.
It further enjoined the people wherever they would gather on that day to pray with lighted candles and observe three minutes of silence immediately at 12 noon.
The group’s statement read in part” IPOB led by the great and indefatigable leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wishes to remind Biafrans, friends of Biafra, and lovers of Biafra freedom across the world that the 30th of May 2023 is sacrosanct and every Biafran must remember and honour those who died for us to live.
“We remember those who died in the Nigeria genocidal war against Biafra, the mothers and fathers bombed in the market places, hospitals, churches, and those children that the Nigeria government starved to their early death. We can not forget them till eternity.
“We also remember the victims of the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Sahara desert who died on the way to Europe in an attempt to escape the draconian and wicked economic and political policies against Biafrans by the Nigeria State.
“We must remember those who died in slave chains and in tortures from slave masters’ hands; those thrown overboard, and those that preferred death than to be taken as slaves. We remember them all.
“We remember our eternal leader Ikemba Nnewi Dikedioranma Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, General Philip Efiong, Dr Frank Opigo Okon ko Ndem, Col. Achzie, Bruce Mayrock, Christian Aid workers, Biafra Aid Volunteers, and many others whose contribution during Biafra the Nigerian genocide against Biafrans who are the reason why we are alive today. We must remember; we remember all.
“We remember IPOB members who were brutally murdered during peaceful protests and rallies, those murdered in Aba, Onitsha, Asaba, Igweocha, Enugu, Nkpor, Ebonyi in cold blood by murderous Nigeria Army at the resident of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu KANU in 2017. We remember our Ikonso and other gallant ESN volunteers who were murdered by Nigeria State because they were defending our land against State-sponsored terrorism.
“We also remember His Majesty and Lolo Sally Isreal Okwu Kanu, whose lives were cut short by the shocks they received when the Nigerian Army invaded, murdered, and desecrated their Royal Palace. We must remember; we must remember them!”
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