The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has stated that over 120 countries and territories around the world will participate in the May 30th heroes day march.
According to IPOB, the march which is in honour of those who lost their lives during the civil war will be observed with a sit-at-home protest.
In a press release by its Media and publicity Secretary Comrade Emma Powerful, the group said it plans a total shutdown of Biafra’s territories during the march, adding that all IPOB units within and outside Biafra had been directed to participate in street demonstrations, rallies, lectures and prayers.
Stressing that the day would go down in history as one of the greatest events ever organized by man, the group said:
“The 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.”
IPOB 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 reasons to shoot at them.
Powerful disclosed that IPOB members in most countries of the world have already secured the permission of the authorities in those countries to hold the protest march, and have been allotted venues.
“IPOB 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.
“In almost all countries where IPOB has a 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.
“In UK, IPOB has secured their venue at Trafalgar Square, London for a rally. It is, however, interesting to note that the Deputy National Coordinator of 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.
“He 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.”
The group urged its members, including those in the Diaspora, to use the day to show the world that they still cherished the efforts of their heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice for Biafrans to live.
“IPOB, under the leadership and supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wants every IPOB family member to prove to the entire world that we remain the pre-eminent freedom fighting outfit anywhere on earth at this moment.
“We have been directed by our leader to demonstrate our formidability and resoluteness in our respective countries of residence across the globe in such a manner that our heroes, wherever they lie, even in unmarked graves in forgotten battlefields, will be proud of what they achieved 50 years ago.
“Biafrans, both home and abroad, must honour and remember our heroes and heroines that died to stop the total Islamization of the sacred land of Biafra and perpetual enslavement of the children of God.
“The exceptionally gallant soldiers of the class of 67-70 and the fearless IPOB family (including MASSOB members killed over the years) during numerous protests and rallies to free Biafra, paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives that we may live.
“It is, therefore, the patriotic duty of every right-thinking Biafran to respect the sacrifice these brave men and women made for our survival as a race.”
The group said it is aware of efforts being made by some people who have allegedly collected huge sums from the federal government to sabotage the exercise.
They described as pathetic and downright unpatriotic, the attitude of certain individuals, who hide under the Biafra banner to be serving a Northern Nigeria agenda.
“These elements and their groups, not content with duping people in the name of Biafra, have brought shame and infamy to themselves and their groups by attempting to discourage our people from honouring our heroes.
“They have collected money from their sponsors to try and disrespect our heroes that fought and died for us. These people without shame or honour, have forgotten that MASSOB members died at the hands of the same people they have gone to collect money from to stop a remembrance that includes honouring their own members that died in service to Biafra.
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“This 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,” the group said.