THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday declared May 30 a sit-at-home day for all Biafrans and supporters of Biafra.
They are expected not to go to work or market on that day, as it would be used to honour Ndigbo who lost their lives in sectarian killings in the country from 1945 to date.
Announcing the date and programme for the day in a press statement made available to newsmen in Awka, IPOB’s Spokesperson, Mr. Emma Powerful, urged Ndigbo and all those that believe in the Biafra ideology all over the country to shut down their businesses and stay at home that day.
The statement said: “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leadership worldwide would like to use this opportunity to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom all over the world and humanity in general, to prepare for the historic annual Biafra Day of Remembrance, 2017.
“On May 30, 2017 as it is now the tradition since our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, held the inaugural event at our Cenotaph in Enugu on May 30, 2014, we shall honour the gallant and brave Biafran soldiers that withstood the might of the British sponsored coalition against Biafra between 1967 and 1970.”
Powerful also noted that prayers would be held at designated places to mark the day, saying: “Our heroes and heroines of the class of 1967 to 1970 who paid the ultimate price in defence of the dignity of the black race during this genocidal war against the people of Biafra will be remembered and honoured in the finest traditions of IPOB.”
He added: “This annual event for 2017 has been designated a day of prayer, fasting, supplication and introspection. We shall also remember all the martyred freedom fighters (IPOB and MASSOB) that fell in pursuit of our liberation from the oppression and the tyranny of Nigerian Army, Police, Navy and DSS.
“We can never forget them and we must always honour them as long as there are Biafrans on the face of the earth. Every victim of unwarranted state sponsored sectarian violence in Nigeria will also be remembered.
“All those that sacrificed their lives in the field of battle and protests that this present generation of Biafrans might live will be honoured, including the victims of Asaba massacre. They will be honoured with a two minute silence immediately the clock strikes 12 noon on May 30, 2017.”