Outlawed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says it has banned the Nigerian flag from all states of the Southeastern part of the country.
The group also declared a sit-at-home, starting October 1.
Emma Powerful, IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, stated this in a statement he issued on Saturday.
He said, “IPOB has declared 1st of October 2021 total shutdown in Biafra land as a sign of our rejection of the evil construct called Nigeria and there shall be no movement in Biafra land on this day.
“Also, IPOB has declared from today 25th September 2021 that all Nigerian flag mounted anywhere in Biafra land must be brought down, Banks exceptional. IPOB leadership will communicate to banks directly and give them reason they must peacefully bring down Nigeria flag in their banking premises before we do it ourselves in our own way.”
“In line with the Memorandum of Understanding and alliance between Ambazonia and Biafra nations, we wish to ask Biafrans to support and celebrate Ambazonia Independence Anniversary on October 1st 2021.
“It is, therefore, the delight of the Directorate of State, of our great movement, IPOB, that we inform Biafrans all over the world of this upcoming Independence day celebration of our great ally and neighbour, the Ambazonian people billed for 1st of October 2021.
“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.”
IPOB is demanding a breakaway from the Nigerian federation. Members of the group have had run-ins with security agencies, leading to killings on both sides.
The Federal Government of Nigeria in September 2017 filed a suit before a federal court, asking it to declare activities of the group an act of terrorism. The court granted the application and the group has since been do designated.