The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has commended those it described as ‘Biafrans and lovers of freedom all over Biafraland’ for honouring the sit-at-home it declared today.
The group said even ‘various parts of Southern Nigeria’ contributed immensely towards the successful outcome of the protest meant to honour and remember its heroes.
A press release by Emma Powerful, Media and publicity secretary said by sitting at home as directed by the leadership of IPOB, the people had exhibited uncommon courage, determination and resoluteness of all Biafrans.
It said, “You defied the military threats, intimidation from Arewa Consultative Forum and South East governors to sit-at-home across the length and breadth of Biafraland.
“We commend the people of Ogoni, Idoma, Igede, Igala and others who afforded to observe and remember those that sacrificed their lives for us to be alive today. From Ogoja in the east to the border town of Igbanke in the west; from the Oturkpo in the north to the island of Bonny in the south, Biafrans observed in their own unique way a day of solemnity, reverence and respect for our departed heroes.
“We also salute the indefatigable spirit of IPOB family members in the diaspora that rallied in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, America, Australia, South America and Africa. From the rising of the sun in the east to its setting in the west, all over the world, Biafra resonated like never before.
“We are even more grateful to the people of Ebonyi and Anambra States for standing firm to honour our heroes and in the process calmly reminded Gov. Dave Umahi and Willie Obiano that Ebonyi and Anambra are not yet the Fulani outpost they are seeking to make it. Both states are firmly Biafran states and shall remain so long after they are gone from this earth.
“If one thing became clearer as a result of this 2018 sit-at-home, it is the fact that people listen to IPOB not South East governors or Ohaneze Ndigbo.”
We Won’t Let IPOB Meeting Hold In Bayelsa — IYC
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Central Zone, has insisted that it would not allow the Indigeneous People of Biafra (IPOB) to hold its meeting in any part of Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that IPOB’s scheduled meeting in Yenagoa at the weekend could not hold because the Kennedy Olorogun-led IYC warned against it.
The IYC Chairman threatened that anybody caught holding such meeting in the state would be thoroughly beaten.
Describing such meeting as a threat to Ijaw nation, Olorogun maintained that IPOB should restrict activities for its agitations to its zone.
Clarifying his position, Olorogun told the Nation that the Ijaw people have their agitation against the Federal Government and had pursued it over the years.
He noted that contrary to the claims of some persons, Ijaw is not part of Biafran territory and will never partake in the activities of IPOB.
He explained that agitations had consequences adding that the Ijaw people had managed their issues without involving persons pushing for Biafra.
Olorogun said following tips received by the leadership of IYC that the IPOB members were preparing to arrive Yenagoa for a meeting, he promptly informed security agencies.
He said apart from warning IPOB against holding such gathering, the IYC sent a team to suspected venues and ensured no part of the state was used for the meeting.
He said: “The agitations of Ijaw against the Federal Government was born at the Kaiama Declaration. Right from then, we have pursued these agitations bearing all consequences associated with them.
“We do not want to inherit another agitation. Therefore, we have warned IPOB to stay away from Ijaw territory. We have said it time without number that Ijaw is not part of Biafran territory. They should restrict their activities within their zone.
“We are calling on hardworking Igbo people in our state to go about their businesses and we also want them to warn their IPOB brothers to stay away from the state.
“Any Biafra group caught holding meeting anywhere in Bayelsa State will be tagged as a deliberate attempt to fight the Ijaw people in their house, and we will not tolerate that but will stand to defend our territory with anything
“We also urge Ijaw people to be vigilant and pass information should in case they notice such meeting any day or anywhere in Bayelsa State”.
Nnamdi Kanu Might Not Attend Parents’ Burial — IPOB
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) might miss his parents’ burial scheduled on February 14 as disclosed in a statement released by the proscribed group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful.
The group which stated that it can’t confirm the attendance of its leader for the burial of his parents HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu, said the event will begin with procession and preparations in line with ancient customs and tradition.
Emma Powerful further disclosed that they are making arrangements to ensure that the burial is held in a safe atmosphere.
He said: “IPOB worldwide wish to announce to the world, particularly Biafrans, friends of Biafra, lovers of freedom and with regard for the protocol of the Afaraukwu Eze-in-Council that February 14, 2020 will be the burial date of our leader’s parents at Eze Sir Israel Okwu Kanu’s Palace in Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State capital.
“IPOB leadership will not be disclosing any information and have not disclosed any information regarding the likely attendance or not of our leader to this event.
“The movement and anticipated presence of our leader in his home during this period is yet to be finalised and as such, no confirmation or otherwise will be issued to that effect.
“IPOB High Command will determine under what circumstance any announcement will be made in the future.
“However, arrangements are being put in place to ensure the ceremony is held in a secure and safe atmosphere.
“IPOB is a peaceful movement and hope to maintain this approach until Biafra is completely restored.
“We are inviting every media outlet, local and international, print and electronic to be present in Isiama-Afaraukwu on that day.”
VIDEO: Hundreds Of IPOB Members Storm Imo Govt House, Ask Uzodinma, Okorocha To “Pack And Go”
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) stormed Imo State Government house today in their hundreds in protest against the newly installed governor, Hope Uzodinma.
Members of the group clad in white singlets and black trousers carrying Biafran flags embarked on the protest Saturday afternoon demanding for the expulsion of the former governor, Rochas Okorocha from the state.
The protest is coming a few days after the supreme court of Nigeria sacked the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue a certificate of return to Uzodinma.
See video of the protest below: