The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared that its members should remove all Nigeran flags mounted across the South Eastern states of Nigeria, also, its ordered another sit-at-home protest on October 1.
Brand News Day Nigeria reports that the IPOB made this known in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Emma Powerful, and made available to the press in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
October 1, which doubles as the anniversary of Nigeria’s independence that is widely celebrated across the nation has been halted by the group, insisting that they would lock down the entire Southeast.
Recall that a few days ago, IPOB threatened to declare a one-month sit-at-home protest in the eastern part of the country if its embattled leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is not brought to court on October 21.
IPOB Declares Sit-At-Home On Oct 1, Orders Removal Of Nigerian Flag In Southeast
The reaction from IPOB follows information received by the group about an alleged plot by the Department of State Service (DSS) not to produce Kanu in court on October 21 as part of the ploy to continue to incarcerate him.
The separatist group also directed its members to bring down all Nigerian flags mounted anywhere throughout the South East, with effect from September 25, 2021.
The statement reads, “IPOB has declared 1st of October 2021 total shutdown in Biafra land as a sign of our rejection of the evil construct called Nigeria and there shall be no movement in Biafra land on this day.
“Also, IPOB has declared from today 25th September 2021 that all Nigerian flag mounted anywhere in Biafra land must be brought down, Banks exceptional. IPOB leadership will communicate to banks directly and give them the reason they must peacefully bring down Nigeria flag in their banking premises before we do it ourselves in our own way.”
The group added, “In line with the Memorandum of Understanding and alliance between Ambazonia and Biafra nations, we wish to ask Biafrans to support and celebrate Ambazonia Independence Anniversary on October 1st 2021.
“It is, therefore, the delight of the Directorate of State, of our great movement, IPOB, that we inform Biafrans all over the world of this upcoming Independence day celebration of our great ally and neighbour, the Ambazonian people billed for 1st of October 2021.
“We, therefore, urge world leaders to use the opportunity of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly meeting to discuss the sufferings of the two persecuted nations of Biafra and Ambazonia. Our people have suffered enough in the hands of our oppressors who are in bed with terrorists but derive pleasure in crushing peaceful agitators instead of addressing our genuine concerns.”