The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has enjoined “Biafrans home and abroad to observe a sit-at-home on October 1, 2020, as a time to show the displeasure and anger regarding the incessant killings and also to register the fact that that “Biafrans are no longer interested in propping up a crumbling terrorist state.”
The group also said that the call is aimed at showing solidarity for Yoruba people agitating for Oduduwa Republic.
In a statement September 23, 2020, by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said that the group’s leadership in conjunction with supporters of Biafra freedom across the globe have concluded every arrangement to let the whole world know and understand “that Biafra is no longer part of the shambolic monument to terrorism and failure.”
The statement partly reads: “As this long-expired man-made contraption marks her abused independence on October 1st this year, we IPOB will appropriately declare our intention towards the full and irreversible restoration of Biafra sovereignty and independence for all oppressed ethnic groups in Nigeria.
“Complete and total lockdown of Biafraland and other terror ravaged areas of the Middle Belt come 1st of October 2020 is sacrosanct, irreversible and non-negotiable! The wholesale slaughter of innocent Judeo-Christians and state-sponsored ethnic cleansing cannot be going on in our land at the same time as fake jamborees are being organised by the same sponsored terror attacks, in order to deflect our attention away from the imminent danger we are all in.
“We, therefore, enjoin all Biafrans and every conscious Nigerian, especially those ethnic nationalities reeling from the triple-double blow of state-sponsored terrorism, bad governance, and economic annihilation, to boycott every government organised ceremony designed to eulogise the failure that Nigeria has become.
“This is the time to let the world know how disastrously intolerable human existence is in Nigeria today.
“If you want to see an end to terrorism and organised mediocrity, now is the time to register your anger by ensuring that you and your household sit-at-home on October 1, 2020. Do not risk the life and well-being of your children by allowing them to gather in groups in the open where terrorists may find it easier to blow them up or kidnap them. There is credible intelligence that terrorist groups are planning to slaughter our children should they venture out to celebrate or march on October 1st.”
The group urged all markets, schools, and businesses in Biafraland and beyond to be shut down as a mark of respect to all those who have died as a result of terrorism against innocent civilians especially Christians, ethnic cleansing in Southern Kaduna and elsewhere across the Middle Belt.
“Everywhere in Biafraland must be under lock for Nigeria and the world to know that we are all united in our march toward total freedom. There should be no public events or ceremonies in Biafraland to avoid any needless loss of lives.
“Nigerian army and police should direct their attacks on these northern terrorist groups and leave innocent and unarmed Biafrans alone. But should they feel as usual to descend on the innocent on that day, they should know that the world will be watching and that we are a people that can never be obliterated from the surface of this earth,” IPOB added.
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