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IPOB declares sit-at-home in Southeast

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared May 30, 2023, as a day to honour their fallen heroes who lost their lives during the Biafra struggle.

In a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB urged residents of the South-East to observe a sit-at-home to commemorate the occasion.

May 30th is a day set aside by pro-Biafra agitators and civil war veterans to remember those who died during the 30 months civil war that reportedly claimed no fewer than three million lives.

However, the day has now been expanded to remember all those killed in the Biafra struggle in Nigeria.

In the statement, IPOB said the sit-at-home was a way to “honour gallant men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to live as a people.”

The group also noted that Nigeria had removed history from schools and national discourse to prevent descendants of Biafra from remembering and honouring their heroes.

Therefore, IPOB called on all Biafrans, friends of Biafra, and lovers of Biafra freedom across the world to observe the sit-at-home on May 30, 2023, in memory of the fallen heroes, heroines, and comrades who died in defence of their land and for the birth of the Biafra Nation.

IPOB also urged its members to organize and observe the day in any form that each country, zone, or unit considers best. The group, however, advised all to maintain peace and order during the event.

During the commemoration ceremonies, IPOB requested that three minutes of silence should be observed for the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price from 1967-1970 till date.

It is worth noting that IPOB has been advocating for an independent state of Biafra in southeastern Nigeria.

The group’s leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in DSS custody, has been vocal about the perceived marginalization of the Igbo people in Nigeria and has been calling for a separate Biafran state.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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