BIAFRA DAY: Read What IPOB Advises Igbo People To Do On 31st May
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a strong warning to Igbos to ensure they remain indoors on May 31.
It was earlier reported that the group issued a sit-at-home directive to honour Biafra fallen heroes.
The date had been slated for Sunday, May 30, but was later changed to Monday, May 31 to enable residents to attend services.
With regards to this, a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful has warned residents to make sure they obey the sit-at-home order or else they will have themselves to blame for whatever consequences.
According to the statement, every person in Biafra land is expected to remain indoors on May 31. They called on the resident to ensure they stock their homes with enough food so they would have no reason to go out.
The statement reads, “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by the prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce once again, that this year’s annual Biafra Remembrance Day and candlelight procession will take place on Sunday night 30th of May, while sit-at-home and total lockdown takes place on Monday, 31st May, 2021, and not May 30th as earlier announced.
“The adjustment is to enable churches to hold their normal services on Sunday, May 30th without any obstructions. But there will be no human or vehicular movement throughout Biafra land on Monday 31st May.
“Every person in Biafra land is, therefore, advised to observe a sit-at-home order on Monday, 31st May 2021. That day is sacred in Biafra land in honour of the over 5 million Biafrans massacred by the wicked Nigeria forces during the civil war.”
“There will be a total lockdown all through Biafra land on that day as we remember all our fallen heroes and heroines, including agitators who have paid the supreme price in the course of our struggle for independence since 1967 till date.
The group emphasized that all markets, filling stations, motor parks, airports, seaports, banks, schools, etc., and social activities in Biafra land are to be shut down on that day.
The statement added, “Everyone is to remain indoors in Biafra land from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on that day. People are to stock their houses with food items before that day so they won’t need to shop on that day.”
The group stated that there will be a candlelight procession on Sunday, 30th May in the South-East region while total lockdown of activities will follow on Monday. IPOB, also said the residents need to obey the directive so as not to fall victim to enemies’ attacks.
“We strongly advise our people against flouting this order as anyone found outside one’s house that day may be the target of our enemies who will after killing them, as usual, blame it on IPOB and Eastern Security Network. Therefore, we all should remain inside so they will see no Biafran abduct, kill or maim.
“Once again, anyone violating this sit-at-home order should blame oneself for whatever fate that befalls one as a penalty for stubbornness,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, in Imo state, schools have shut their doors as the group had declared Friday as a day to celebrate the burial of one of their commanders, Ikonso, who was recently killed by security operatives.
A report by Daily Trust stated that the schools asked their students to stay at home for the period to avoid any casualty.
Some schools that sent messages asked parents to keep their children at home from Thursday, May 27, to Tuesday, June 1.
The news agency said a statement from the Directorate of Education, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, read, “Leveraging the already scheduled public holiday for tomorrow, we have considered it expedient to allow the students/pupils enjoy a longer weekend to resume on Tuesday, 01/06/2021.
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