The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has explained that it ordered a sit-at-home for its members to serve as a reminder to the “overlords in Nigeria” that IPOB members and people of the South-East are united in the quest to actualize Biafra.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful on Monday, the secessionist group reiterated its resolve to observe the May 30 sit-at-home order.
IPOB warned that the arrest and threatening of its members won’t stop the sit-at-home order or hinder the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra.
The statement reads: “We the indomitable IPOB family worldwide wish to remind the Nigerian army, police and their collaborators within and without, that threats, lies, propaganda, misinformation, arrests, torture, illegal detention, a corrupt complicit judiciary only serve to strengthen our resolve to restore Biafra not diminish it. But one thing is guaranteed, the day of reckoning will come when heaven and earth cannot contain the rage of the oppressed. On that day every person or persons that ever partook in the persecution of IPOB will pay dearly for it, them and their families.
“Biafraland is under siege today, with hundreds kidnapped on a daily basis by an army that capitulated in front of Boko Haram and are actively supporting the ethnocentric campaign of genocide against non-Fulani populations in the Middle Belt. We have resolved to make every sacrifice needed to ensure Biafra is liberated therefore we are prepared for this wave of onslaught against IPOB.
“We are consoled by the fact that the whole world is taking stock of what IPOB is being forced to endure because a time will come when the hunter will become the hunted.
“Biafra remembrance day celebration is on Thursday 30th of May and Biafrans must not come out on that day. It will serve as a reminder to the overlords in Nigeria that we Biafrans are united in our quest to be free from the iniquitous bondage called Nigeria.
“IPOB is a disciplined movement that cannot abdicate its obligation to the dead. We owe it to our fallen heroes and heroines to honour them in the finest traditions of IPOB on May 30th. No matter how many troops they deploy on our streets or how many people they kill or arrest, Biafraland will be locked down on that fateful day.
“There is nothing this wholly incompetent and fraudulent Nigerian Government, her police, army and other security apparatus can do to stop or jeopardize 30th of May. This great day mapped out by Biafrans to remember their heroes and heroines who sacrificed and laid down their precious lives for this present generation to be alive today, will be observed. It is better for Nigeria police and other security agencies to stay indoors and respect that day or the spirit of those that died in the quest for Biafra will destroy them.”