Members of the pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have called on all those sympathetic to the Biafra course to join the group as it stages a peaceful remembrance rally today 30th May.
The rally, which will hold in Anambra state, is in remembrance of fallen heroes and heroines of Biafra who died during the Biafra/Nigeria civil war of 1967 to 1970.
Also being remembered are those who have lost their lives in the course of the struggle so far.
IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in a statement said the peaceful remembrance march will be used to honour and reassure its embattled leader, Nnandi Kanu, presently being held by the Department for State Security (DSS), that he has not been abandoned.
Emma Powerful said:
“IPOB family meetings worldwide invites all electronic and print media companies and international media houses to come and witness our 30th of May 2016 Remembrance day.
“An event initiated by our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and religiously observed since 2014 at the multi-million cenotaph that was destroyed by misguided criminal elements claiming to be working for the actualization of Biafra when in actual sense he was working against Biafra, before he was removed by his former followers.
“We are also calling on all the clans in Biafra, be you Izon (ljaw), Isoko, Ishekiri, Efik, Ibibio, Idoma, Isobo, Igede, Igala, Igboakiri (Igbanke), Igbos and others to come out and be part of the peaceful events marking this occasion.
“People will gather at IPOB organized events all over the world to show their respect, but all those in Biafra land should attend the gathering in Anambra state.
“We are, therefore, calling on the Governor of Anambra State and Chief Security Officer of the state, Chief Willie Obiano, Commissioner of Police, Army Commander and Navy Commander to call their men and security agents who were parading around the state to order.
“Because we are a non-violent organization that is bent on the restoration of Biafra and nobody born of a woman can stop us, because this is the project of Chukwuokike Abiama, God Almighty.”
Biafra Remembrance Rally To Be Violence-Free
Powerful however, warned those who may want to use the peaceful march to incite violence, the IPOB will deal decisively with such persons.
He also stressed that the group under Kanu’s leadership would not be involved in the break down of law and order.