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IPOB Declares May 30 Sit-at-Home Day to Honour Civil War Victims

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UMUAHIA, Nigeria – The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has announced that Thursday, May 30, 2024, will be observed as a sit-at-home day across the South East of Nigeria.

This annual event is meant to honour the memory of those who lost their lives during the Nigerian civil war, which occurred from 1967 to 1970.

In a statement released by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB calls on its followers, as well as friends and residents of the region, to participate in the observance.

“This is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes and heroines,” Powerful stated, emphasizing the significance of the event in remembering the past struggles.

The directive from IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is clear: all sectors in the region including schools, government offices, private businesses, and transport services should cease operations from 6 AM to 6 PM on May 30.

Exceptions are made for medical personnel and emergency workers who are essential for public welfare.

Additionally, IPOB encourages spiritual reflection and prayer. “Christians and traditional worshipers are urged to pray for the fallen heroes and for the independence of Biafra,” the statement read. The group believes that such activities will foster communal solidarity and remembrance of their cause.

Security is a notable concern, as the group has warned residents to stay indoors to avoid any potential confrontations with security forces during the observance hours.

This precaution underscores the tension between IPOB and governmental authorities amidst the ongoing struggle for Biafran independence.

The declaration also extends beyond the borders of Nigeria, with IPOB members in the diaspora encouraged to organize peaceful rallies and seminars.

“These international events are intended to raise global awareness about the Biafran struggle and the perceived ongoing genocide against Biafran people,” Powerful explained.

Through these memorials and public demonstrations of solidarity, IPOB aims to keep the memory of Biafra’s past alive while continuing to advocate for its future sovereignty.

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