The popular secessionist group has vowed to disrupt the country’s 61st Independence Day celebration in the Southeastern region through a sit-at-home order.
Nigerian secessionist group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), has vowed to ensure that the country’s 61st Independence celebration does not hold in all south-eastern states. In a statement released by the group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, IPOB intends to ban every form of Independence Day celebration in the south-eastern region of the country through a sit-at-home order.
According to IPOB, the sit-at-home measure is aimed at rejecting the ‘construct called Nigeria.’
IPOB has declared 1st of October 2021 total shutdown in Biafra land as a sign of our rejection of the construct called Nigeria and there shall be no movement in Biafra land on this day.
IPOB further gave an order for Nigerian flags to be brought down in places they’ve been mounted in the south-east from September 25, 2021. The group also advised banks to adhere to the order peacefully “before we do it ourselves in our own way.’’
IPOB said: “Also IPOB has declared from today, 25th September 2021, that all Nigerian flags mounted anywhere in Biafra land must be brought down, banks exceptional. IPOB leadership will communicate to Banks directly and give them reasons they must peacefully bring down the Nigerian flag in their banking premises before we do it ourselves in our own way. Everybody must strictly adhere to these directives from IPOB leadership, we want to let the world know that Biafraland is not Nigeria and shall not be.’’
Of keen interest is IPOB’s advice for “Biafrans to stand with Ambazonia people as they celebrate their God-given freedom and independence.” It will be recalled that the Nigerian government had warned of a coalition between IPOB and Ambazonia.
Ambazonia (also popular as Amba Land) is a self-declared state comprising the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon. Though, Ambazonia marked its independence from Cameroon on October 1, 2017, they have not been formally recognized by any country and still considered a part of Cameroon. IPOB’s plea for Biafrans to stand with the Ambazonia people on October 1 is owing to the fact that the day is equally significant for Ambazonian apologists.
The Nigerian secessionist group resolved to the sit-at-home strategy (in southeastern Nigeria) as part of campaigns for the government to free Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB leader) since July, after his arrest and extradition to the country.