May 28, 2024

May 30 sit-at-home sacrosanct to honour Biafran heroes – IPOB

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The Indigenous People of Biafra has reiterated that 30th May is crucial and respected for Igbo people and residents of the South-East to honour those who died during the Civil War between 6 July 1967 and 15 January 1970.

According to statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, on Tuesday, IPOB said, “wish to remind every person resident in Biafra territory that 30th May 2024 sit-at-home in commemoration of Biafra Heroes Day is sacrosanct and we obliged everyone to abide to this order, its only one day.” 

The statement read, “as long as Biafra Land is concerned, IPOB remains a very important state actor on the issues concerning Biafra. The remembrance of all those who fought for Biafra freedom and sovereignty remains imperative, and no government or security agency has any authority to harass any innocent person during that event. We are urging all state governors in Biafra Land to ensure the safety of persons and properties on that day. 

“The Nigerian government must understand that they can not… stop us from mourning or remembering them. Those who died in the defense of our land from the extermination agenda of Nigeria and British governments during the war of 1967- 1970 are worthy to be remembered and celebrated. We must continue to celebrate our heroes and heroines.”

IPOB further stated that all activities in the South-East are banned on 30th May, 2024, urging the governors in the region to provide adequate security of lives and property on that day. 

“In this year’s Biafra Heroes Remembrance Day, all social activities in Biafra Land are banned. Markets,  schools, banks, government, and private businesses are not allowed to open,” the statement read.

“All transport services, air, sea and land transport are not allowed to operate. The entire Biafra land will be on lockdown from 6 am to 6 pm on May 30, 2024. Exceptions to these directives are institutions and individuals on critical special duties such as nurses, doctors, ambulance services, fire services, hospitals, medical workers, and journalists.”

It continued, “We understand that some criminal elements will use the opportunity of the event to harass people. That is why IPOB is urging our people to sit-at-home on 30th May 2024 because the Nigerian government and the enemies of Biafra will attack them and claim they are IPOB and ESN.

“We don’t want anybody to die or lose property because of this event. IPOB declared only 30th May sit-at-home. Our people should use other days to gather what they will need on May 30.

“Those criminal elements that have decided to hijack the peaceful event to torment the citizens on 30th May will meet their waterloo. 

“All Biafran Heroes and Heroines must be remembered including Bruce Mayrock from USA who sacrificed his youthful age for Biafrans and we remember and honor him, General Phillip Efiong, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Air raid Achuzie, Dr Frank Opigo, General Umunnakwe, Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, Major Chukwuma kaduna Nzeogwu, and many others who contributed immensely for us to live.

“Biafrans in the Diaspora are advised to go and obtain permits to rally in their respective countries. We must tell the world the story about the Biafra genocidal war and the resilience of Biafran heroes. Our people must understand that Biafra is coming. We have crossed the rubicon, and nothing will make us change our mind or diminish our resolve towards this fight for Biafra liberation.”