By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has said it was not backing down on its proposed sit-at-home protest slated for 30th May 2019.
The group said the protest would start on the evening of 29th May, and that no human or vehicle was expected to be seen anywhere in the entire south East Nigeria and some other towns that had been marked out for a lockdown.
A release by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful said anyone or vehicle seen on the road would be marked as enemy, and would be treated so.
Part of the release read; “May 30th sit-at-home order is sacrosanct and shall be observed annually until the end of time. 30th of May 2018 will witness a total lock-down of South East, South South and selected states and cities across Nigeria.
“A two minute silence will be observed at 12 noon on the 30th to ponder and reflect upon the courage and patriotism of the brave men, and women that willingly sacrificed their lives to preserve what is left of our race today.
“We must remember, reflect and ponder over the pain and suffering of over 1 million innocent Biafran children deliberately starved to death by the Nigerian government as a result of an evil policy to wipe out an entire race of people from the face of the earth.”
He said not only will heroes and heroines of Biafra of the class of 1967 to 1970 be honored in the finest traditions of IPOB, but other victims of sectarian violence, Fulani terror herdsmen, Boko Haram and state sponsored extra judicial killings would also be remembered.
“We shall continue to remember our heroes the way every other single civilised society and world remembers their war heroes. It will take an extraordinarily high level of insensitivity, Not only will our heroes and heroines of the class of 67-70 be honored in the finest traditions of IPOB, other victims of sectarian violence, Fulani terror herdsmen, Boko Haram and state sponsored extra judicial killings will also be remembered.
“We owe it to our glorious dead to honour their bravery, heroics and sacrifice that ensured that South East and South South remain to this day an area untainted by Islamic dominance.
The only entity in West Africa to have such distinction. We cannot repay them enough for what they did for us. Therefore, we must honour them,” he concluded.