IPOB: We won't mark this year’s Biafra day with sit-at-home order/

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated there would be no sit-at-home directive as its members observe this year’s Biafra day to commemorate those who lost their lives during the civil war as it has been the norm.  

IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, who disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement issued in Owerri, Imo State, however, said the annual event would hold between May 27 and May 30.

According to him, this year’s celebration would mostly be characterized by prayers and fasting for the fallen Biafran heroes as well as against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

The proscribed group said its decision to suspend the sit-at-home order for this year’s edition of the annual celebration was due to the fact many have already stayed indoors for long due to the federal and state governments’ lockdown directives.

Powerful, however, said there would be a candlelight procession in every state to cap the occasion.

The statement read: “There won’t be any sit-at-home because our people have stayed at home during the coronavirus lockdown. IPOB wouldn’t like to bother people with another lockdown in form of sit-at-home.

“After much consideration and deliberations, IPOB high command decided to urge Biafrans, both at home and in the diaspora, to observe this year’s remembrance and celebration of our brothers and
sisters who were killed and starved to death during Biafra war.

“This year’s anniversary will begin with reading of Psalms of David from chapter 1 to the last chapter. Every individual and group should observe this year”s prayer designed to remember our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate price for our living.

“Therefore, IPOB families and Biafrans across countries of the world are encouraged to use this year’s anniversary to pray for our fallen heroes, including those who were killed by the overzealous Nigeria security personnel in the course of the renewed quest to restore Biafra.

“We shall also use this year’s event to pray for divine protection for Biafrans everywhere on the surface of the earth against the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world. We shall also pray for the speedy recovery of those infested with the scourge, and for immediate end of the global pandemic.”