The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have declared October 1 as a sit-at-home day and banned the Nigerian flag in the South-East.
Emma Powerful, the group’s media and publicity secretary, told the media in Awka, Anambra State, that the ban began on Saturday.
According to the statement, “The IPOB has declared October 1, 2021 a day of total shutdown in Biafra land as a rejection of the evil construct Nigeria, and on that day there will be no movement in Biafra land.
Furthermore, the IPOB has declared that from today, September 25, 2021, all Nigerian flags erected anywhere in Biafra land must be removed. We will communicate directly with banks to make sure they are convinced to bring down Nigerian flags at their banking premises before we do it ourselves in our own way.
Everyone must strictly follow this directive. Our goal is to let the world know that Biafra land will not become Nigeria. Words are enough for the wise.
“In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding and the alliance between Ambazonia and Biafra, IPOB members wish to appeal to Biafrans to support and celebrate Ambazonia’s independence day on October 1, 2021.
The statement added, “We advise Biafrans to stand with Ambazonia people as they celebrate their God-given freedom and independence. We should bear in mind that our brothers and sisters in Ambazonia are passing through persecutions in the hands of murderous Cameroonian government, just like Biafrans are facing similar ordeals in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which sympathises with terrorists but kills peaceful agitators. “We, therefore, urge world leaders to use the opportunity of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly meeting to discuss the sufferings of the two persecuted nations of Biafra and Ambazonia. Our people have suffered enough in the hands of our oppressors, who are in bed with terrorists but derive pleasure in crushing peaceful agitators instead of addressing our genuine concerns.”