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Supreme IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Orders Pro-Biafran Groups – declare sit-at-home on May 30 2021

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Pro-Biafran Groups declare sit-at-home on May 30

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FORMER Director of the State Security Service (SSS) Mike Ejiofor has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to review his proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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Two pro-Biafran organizations, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have ordered a sit-at-home on May 30.

Explaining on the modalities of the event, IPOB announced that its members in over 100 countries, including those in Lagos, Abuja as well as northern cities, where sizeable populations of the organization exist, are also to embark on the programme.

This declaration is coming as the Pan-Ibo sociocultural organization, Ohanaze Indigbo, has invited members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, and ASSOB, for a peace process in the southeast.

The Southeast has been engulfed in attacks that have in some cases disrupted economic and social activities in the five states that make up the region.

The peace-building and reconciliation process was initiated recently by South-East Governors and Igbo leaders as a way of bringing calm into the area.

The pro -Biafra groups announced that the yearly event that commemorates the death of its heroes and heroines would be observed in all markets, churches, banks, parks, airports and seaports located within and outside the region.

Spokesmen for the two organizations, Emma Powerful and Comrade Samuel Edeson, for IPOB and MASSOB, respectively, made these declarations in their statements.

They announced there would be no procession, protest or church services anywhere in the zone, but instead asked their members to stay indoors throughout the day. This is an apparent effort to avoid clashes between their members and security agents.

“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our prophet and liberator of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce to the public and Biafrans both home and abroad, that the annual anniversary of our fallen heroes and heroines will be on Sunday, 30th of May 2021,” IPOB said.

“As usual, there will be total lockdown of the entire Biafra land on that day. There will be sit-at-home across Biafraland, Lagos, Abuja as well as northern towns with reasonable Biafran population.

“The sit-at-home order is also to be observed in all the markets within and outside Biafra land where our people do their businesses. It shall also be observed by Diasporan Biafrans in the over 100 countries with the IPOB family is present.

“We equally request our fellow comrades in Yoruba, Middle Belt, and other Christians living in the far North to solidarize with us in the event as we honour all those who have paid the supreme price in our struggle for total freedom.

“All Biafrans living overseas must hold rallies in their respective countries of abode in honour of our fallen heroes and heroines including the gallant Imo State Eastern Security Network, ESN, COMMANDER, Ikonso and his men murdered last week by Nigeria security agents.

“The rallies will also show the outside world of our resolve and preparedness to leave Nigeria. We equally advise our Diasporan people to ensure they get the written approval of their host countries before embarking on the rallies.

“Consequently, there will be no movement on the roads throughout Biafraland; no banking or financial services in our territory; no commercial activities of any kind.

“There will be no procession or protest anywhere in Biafra land on that day. Everyone is to stay indoors, no church service on that fateful day” IPOB said

On its part, MASSOB said it came to the decision on the day after its national meeting at MASSOB headquarters at Enugu.

“We can never change the ordinances of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the leader of Biafra nation. Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra with the total consent and full support of the elders and the people of Biafra on May 30th, 1967.



“MASSOB has no intention or plan to observe our fatherland anniversary celebration on any other date except on May 30th because May 30th is sacrosanct and sacred to the history and lives of Biafra Republic.

“The ordinances of our great leader, General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must be jealousy and eloquently adhered to, any attempt to change it by disgruntled persons will be strictly resisted.

“MASSOB, directs the people of Biafra to observe special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the Nigeria –Biafra war and our comrades that were killed by Nigeria security agents including the people of Biafra that died in the hands of Islamic Boko Haram and Fulani terrorist herdsmen.

“MASSOB directs all markets, schools, banks, and all other public offices in Biafra land to observe the sit- at -home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland

“In the spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism, MASSOB will collaborate with other Pro -Biafran groups that have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate the 54 years’ anniversary of Biafra declaration by our foremost leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on 30th May, 2021.

“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra not as a pro-Biafra group, it is a mark of respect and honour to our fatherland, it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.

“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self-determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration.”

As part of the peacebuilding and reconciliation process, Ohanaeze said it has also invited Biafra National Guard, BNG, Biafran Zionists Movement, BZM, and similar organizations in Igboland, other organizations and associations operating in the zone, and Igbo land in its effort to achieve total peace and harmony in the region.

 

 

FORMER Director of the State Security Service (SSS) Mike Ejiofor has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to review his proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Ejiofor made the call when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV ‘Morning Show’ on Thursday.

He said the Federal Government should engage leaders of the South-East region, the interest of which the group claims to represent, in meaningful discussion to stop the unrest in the region, with consequential effects on overwhelming insecurity in the country.

Ejiofor, who said Nigeria was drifting into anarchy because of dimension insecurity was taking across the nation, opposed the call for a state of emergency as advocated by the National Assembly last Tuesday, saying that government should accord more priority to security by seeking help from other countries and investing more in technologies and intelligence.

IPOB created the Eastern Security Network, its security arm, with a view to stopping herders and other criminals in the South-East. It is also seeking secession of the South-East from Nigeria.

The group was proscribed by Nigeria’s government in 2017.However, the group, led by fugitive Nnamdi Kanu, did not agree with the proscription, but has continued with its secessionists activities.

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Since the formation of the group, there have been recurring attacks on security formations, police officers, soldiers and civilians in the region.

The SSS had, on Wednesday, accused IPOB of importing bombs into the South-East, among other allegations.

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