From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on Biafrans and other family members all over West Africa to join in a peaceful solidarity rally for President-elect of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump.
The rally is scheduled for Friday, January 20, at Igweocha, Port-Harcourt, River State.
The group said the solidarity rally will be in support of Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th US president and for the release of its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in all the Department of States Services (DSS) cells and prisons across Nigeria.
A statement by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful said the rally will also be for Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom world wide.
“This peaceful rally for Trump in Igweocha on Friday, will feature display of pictures of our able leader, Mazi Kanu, those detained illegally with him and pictures of president Donald Trump.
“As usual, IPOB will maintain strict discipline of non-violence and non-engagement with army and police.
“However, we must reiterate that should soldiers fire at peaceful protesters, heaven will fall.
“The non-violent position of our great movement will be revoked with immediate effect.
“Our only interest is to exercise our right to peaceful protest and lawful assembly as recognised in the law.
“(Rivers) Governor Nyesom Wike is hereby reminded of his responsibility to protect the lives of those on peaceful rally.
“He should not allow himself to be used.
“We have not forgiven him for his past actions, so, he must be careful not to allow a breakdown of law and order or any provocative behaviour by the army.
“Peaceful rallies and marches are recognised in law all over the world, so, we can’t stop exercising this because of intimidation and brutality.
“IPOB appreciates the wise counsel and support of our friends.
“Freedom is not negotiable because right to self-determination is inalienable,” said Powerful. (The Sun)