The Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, has declared a sit-at-home strike on September 14 in honor of the victims of the military attack in Afaraukwu, Nnamdi Kanu’s hometown.
Military operatives attacked Afaraukwu in Abia State on September 14, 2017 in an attempt to apprehend Kanu.
Soldiers are believed to have slain around 28 civilians during the raid.
The Tuesday sit-at-home, according to IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful, is sacred throughout the Southeast.
“We, the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wish to remind all Biafrans, friends of Biafra, and lovers of Biafra freedom across the globe that the IPOB leadership’s sit-at-home order to be observed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, is sacrosanct,” Powerful said.
“The peaceful demonstration is in honor of the victims of the September 14, 2017 murderous attack of our Leader’s compound at Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia. The Nigerian Army slaughtered no less than 28 innocent Biafrans during the operation that day.
“All Biafrans, men and women, are urged to remain indoors tomorrow as a token of respect for these slain heroes and heroines.
We must not fail to remember the supreme sacrifices of these great freedom seekers. Nothing done to honour them should be considered too much for they have watered the tree of Biafra freedom with their blood.
“For the restoration of Biafra, our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has made numerous sacrifices. As a result, we must all be ready to play our parts in order to complete this monumental mission. “Independence for Biafra is a mandate that we must live to fulfill.”
The purported killings of Biafra agitators, according to Powerful, will not dissuade IPOB from agitating for secession.
“The killings of Biafra agitators by Nigeria’s compromised security agencies, which are unable to confront Fulani bandits and herdsmen rampaging the country, will not deter us. They like killing and torturing innocent people who are agitating for their freedom while fleeing true terrorists,” he claimed.