*Leader of IPOB, Mazi Kanu
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has announced to the people, friends, and enemies of Biafra, lovers of freedom, as well as the world that Biafrans will remember and commemorate their fallen heroes and heroines who made the supreme sacrifice for Ndibgo to live on May 30.
A statement issued by Emma Powerful, the IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary (MPS), on Tuesday, May 26, said, “After much consideration and deliberations, IPOB high command decided to urge Biafrans both home and in the diaspora, to observe this year’s remembrance and celebration of our brothers and sisters who were killed and starved to death during the genocidal war on the peaceful land of Biafra by the Nigeria government and her foreign allies including Britain, Egypt, USSR and Czechs Republic between 1967 and 1970, through fasting and prayers.”
According to the announcement, the programme for this year’s event, will last for three days between May 27 – 30. The statement further said, “This year’s episode and the event will start with prayers and end with prayers. There will also be candle processions at every state, LGA, ward, and church in our land. It is very imperative that our people observe these great days for those who paid the ultimate price and sacrificed their youthful lives for our own lives to be today. This great event will start on May 27 and end on May 30.”
Furthermore, the MPS added, “There won’t be any sit-at-home or indoors because our people stayed many days at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. IPOB would not like to bother people with another lockdown in the form of sit-at-home. This year’s anniversary will begin with the reading of Psalms of David from chapter 1 to the last chapter. Every individual and group(s) should observe this year’s prayer designed to remember our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price for our living.
“Nigeria government and her partners in crime decided to wipe out the whole race but God Almighty in Heaven, ‘Chukwu Okike Abiama’ said no to that through these our brethren who sacrificed their lives for us to live. Therefore, IPOB families and Biafrans across countries of the world are encouraged to use this year’s anniversary to pray for all our fallen heroes including all those who were killed by the overzealous Nigerian security personnel in the course of the renewed quest to restore Biafra.
“We shall also use this year’s event to pray for divine protection of all Biafrans everywhere on the surface of the earth against the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. We shall also pray for the speedy recovery of all those infected with the scourge, and for the immediate end of the global pandemic,” the statement concluded.
It would be recalled that the renewed agitation by different ethnic groups in Nigeria to go their separate ways has never been higher than now. Those who witnessed the buildup to the Biafra/Nigeria civil war, which led to the killing of millions of Igbo people in Nigeria said that the signs and attitude of governance in the country now appears like a replica of what led to the civil war.