â€¢ Plans Referendum for Biafra
David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has stated that over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafra land will participate in the heroes day march declared by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu to honour those who lost their lives during the civil war.
Media and publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful in a press statement made available to THISDAY in Awka stated that the heroes day march will serve as a mock referendum, and will show the world how desirous the people are to secede.
â€œThe remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May 2017 will go down in history as one of the greatest events the world would ever witness. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty.â€
Powerful said that countries outside Nigeria would stage a peaceful march during the event, but in Nigeria, all Biafrans were expected to stay indoors and avoid any march or protest as this may give security agents reason to shoot at them.
He added that so far, their members in most countries of the world have secured the permission of the authorities in those countries to hold the protest march, and have been allotted venues.
â€œIPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event.
â€œIn almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DRC, Namibia and Tanzania have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honour our heroes and heroines on that particular day.
â€œIn UK, IPOB has secured their venue at Trafalgar Square, London for a rally. It is however interesting to note that the Deputy National Coordinator ofÂ IPOB UK reported that the British Metropolitan Police gave express permission for the march on Trafalgar Square, saying that he knows the group and its leader and that they were not violent.
â€œHe said that he knows that since Mazi Nnamdi Kanu started his street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by others groups that have always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area.â€
The release added that there will be complete lockdown in major cities where Biafrans have a significant population in Nigeria like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja.
IPOB added that it is not unaware of efforts being made by some people who it alleged have collected huge sums from the federal government to sabotage the exercise.
â€œIt is very pathetic and downright criminally unpatriotic that certain individuals can hide under the banner of Biafra to be serving a Northern agenda. These elements and their groups have now gone to bring shame and infamy to themselves by attempting to discourage our people from honouring our heroes.
â€œThis is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind. To shamefully make open and unguarded statements against the Remembrance Day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mindset of these Nigeria sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans,â€ the group said.