The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, worldwide, through its Directorate of State, DOS, has declared 23rd September 2016 as the day for worldwide protest against the continued detention of its leader Nnamdi Kanu and for the liberation of Biafra people.
In a statement signed by IPOB Media and Publicity Officer, Mr Emma Powerful, the group said the worldwide protest will take place in all the countries across the globe except in Biafra land and Nigeria where church services will be held in lieu of protest, Vanguard writes.
“Every IPOB member and other Biafrans living in Nigeria and Biafra land will stay in their homes on that day. We also ask that all markets, schools, banks, transport companies and manufacturing companies to close on that day in solidarity with the overall objectives of the Biafra restoration process irrespective of your persuasion or affiliation,” the statement read.
“Again, we call on Okada riders, Keke drivers, Bus drivers, Luxurious bus Owners and drivers, The Nine Loaders (911 drivers and Owners) the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Transport Owners (NATO) are advised to withdraw their vehicles from the road on that day in solidarity with IPOB worldwide for the release our leader mazi Nnamdi Kanu and for the total liberation of Biafra people.
“We also advise every Biafran to switch off their communication devices especially mobile phones on that day from 8 Am in the morning to 4 PM in the evening in solidarity. This will let the world know including communication companies, that Biafrans are serious towards the release of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the restoration of the ancient and sacred sovereignty of God’s nation Biafra.
“The Directorate of State (DOS) of the Indigenous People of Biafra has decided that only Biafraland and Nigeria are exempt from street protests on this occasion however any country where there are IPOB family units that doesn’t participate in this global event will be shut down immediately by the DOS”.
Protests marking the 50th anniversary of Biafra ‘republic’ early this year went awry after confrontations with the authorities led to the death of several Biafrans, and the arrest of over 92 protesters across the southeast.