IPOB to members: Sit at home on May 30 to honour falling heroes
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday, ordered its members and people of the middle belt, comprising Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi and some northern states of Kaduna and Adamawa to sit at home on May 30 to honour their falling heroes.
IPOB stated that the order was in protest over killings by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram activities in the affected states.
The annual sit-at-home order is a move by the proscribed IPOB aimed at pushing for the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra across the South-East. The group is expecting that Igbo and those sympathetic to the struggle for Biafra on May 30 stay indoors.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful and made available to Tribune Online, the secessionist group stated that there would be no vehicular movement both in South East and the Middle Belt region of the country on May 30.
The statement reads: “IPOB explained that we the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) consider it imperative to use this great opportunity provided by the Most High God to announce the sit at home order throughout Biafraland and Nigeria in remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines whose sacrifices made it possible for this generation to be alive today.
“We shall also remember all victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks, Boko Haram violence and those that died at the hands of Nigerian security agencies over the years that nobody remembers.
“We are calling on all the people of Southern Kaduna, Middle Belt especially Benue, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kogi, those affected by herdsmen terrorism in Ondo, Osun and other states in Yorubaland to join the great family of IPOB in observing a day of solemn prayer and sit at home to remember those that lost their lives unlawfully at the hands of Fulani terrorist herdsmen and security agencies even during the recently concluded fraudulent 2019 general elections.
“This year’s remembrance and Sit-At-Home order will be special because it will present a unique moment of shared pains and misery for all the families that lost their loved ones to war, hunger, starvation, disease, terrorism and state-sponsored killings going on now in the contraption called Nigeria.
“We remember the heroic few that stood up against tyranny especially those that sacrificed their lives to defend the defenceless and those that lost their lives because there was no one to defend them.
“There will be no human, vehicular or animal movement across Biafraland on the 30th May 2019. Biafraland will be in total lockdown. Middle Belt and Yorubaland brethren are advised to join this historic sit at home order to honour the memory of all that died unjustly in Nigeria.
“Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and Temples are encouraged to open their places of worship on the midnight of the 29th of May for special midnight prayers in remembrance of all that died as a result of violence and sponsored killings. A special vigil will be held at the homes of select Biafran heroes and heroines who were murdered in cold blood in Biafraland.
“30th of May is now an annual remembrance event initiated by IPOB worldwide to honour our fallen Biafran soldiers without whom this generation of Biafrans would not have existed. We owe our heroes and heroines of the class of 67-70 an incalculable debt of gratitude and shall honour them annually until the end of time. We shall never forget them as long as this world exists.
“In our usual tradition, all IPOB families in the diaspora must rally on the streets of their respective countries with written petitions ready to be submitted to the nearest United Nation offices and embassies of foreign missions in that country.
“As our freedom draws near this year, our 30th of May sit-at-home and total lockdown of Biafraland will be remarkable.
“The whole world is looking up to Biafrans especially IPOB family members worldwide, who through the grace of the Most High God will deliver Biafra and all other oppressed people’s of Northern and Western Nigeria from bondage Northern oligarchy put innocent and unarmed citizens in the country,” the statement concluded.