Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 2 May 2019 | 827 times
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared May 30, 2019 as a sit-at-home day throughout Biafra land and Nigeria in remembrance of its fallen heroes and heroines.
The group said that the sacrifice of its fallen heroes and heroines in the pursuit of freedom for Biafrans made it possible for this generation to be alive.
A statement made available to journalists in Awka on Thursday by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said that this year’s remembrance and sit-at-home would be special because it would 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 Nigeria.
The statement reads in part: “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.
“There will be no human, vehicular or animal movement across Biafraland on the 30th May 2019. Biafraland will be in total lock down. 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.
“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.
“We remember the heroic few that stood up against tyranny especially those that sacrificed their lives to defend the defenseless and those that lost their lives because there was no one to defend them.”
IPOB urged churches, mosques, synagogues and temples 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 adding that ‘special vigil’ will be held at the homes of select Biafran heroes and heroines who were murdered in cold blood in Biafraland.
IPOB maintained that May 30 is now an annual remembrance event initiated by IPOB worldwide to honour its fallen Biafran soldiers without whom this generation of Biafrans would not have existed.
Continuing, the group said: “We owe our heroes and heroines of the class of 67-70 an incalculable debt of gratitude and shall honor 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 Nations offices and embassies of foreign missions in that country.”
While noting that Biafra freedom is near, IPOB observed that this year’s sit-at-home and total lock down of Biafraland will be remarkable adding that the whole world is looking up to Biafrans especially IPOB family members worldwide to deliver Biafra and all other oppressed peoples of Northern and Western Nigeria from the “bondage Northern oligarchy has put innocent and unarmed citizens in the country into.
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