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SIT-AT-HOME: Schools Declare Emergency Holiday, Others Shut, Residents Panic Over IPOB Order |RN

Biafrans

by Chidiebube Okeoma, Raphael Ede and Edward Nnachi

Private and missionary schools have shut down in Imo State as a result of the sit-at-home ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday, May 31, 2021, throughout the South-East region.

Residents of Owerri also resorted to panic buying on Thursday in order to prepare for the possible fallout of the order.

While some schools were shut down till Tuesday next week, others gave their pupils one week rest at home.

The schools asked the students to stay at home for the period to avoid any casualty.

For instance, a message from schools run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri asked parents to keep their children at home from Thursday, May 27, to Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

The message from the Directorate of Education, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, read, “Leveraging on the already scheduled public holiday for tomorrow, we have considered it expedient to allow the students/pupils enjoy a longer weekend to resume on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

“Boarding students should not be forced to go home. Those who wish to stay back in school should be taken care of.”

Residents storm various markets to buy foodstuffs in readiness for the sit-at-home.

At Eke Onunwa and the Relief Market, there was an unusual rush by buyers at various foodstuffs stands.

The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, asked the people to ignore the separatist group’s sit-at-home order.

He said that the state government had the capacity to enforce law and order during and after the period.

IPOB had said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the South-East on Monday to mark the anniversary of the Biafra 54 years ago.

As a result, it said all markets, parks, schools, airports and others would be shut down.

The group’s Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement on Thursday.

The statement read in part, “We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by the prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce once again that this year’s annual Biafra Remembrance Day and candle light procession will take place on Sunday night, 30th of May, while a sit-at-home and total lockdown takes place on Monday, 31st of May, 2021, and not May 30 as earlier announced.

“The adjustment is to enable churches to hold their normal services on Sunday, May 30, without any obstruction. But there will be no human or vehicular movement throughout Biafra land on Monday May 31.

“Every person in Biafra land is therefore, advised to observe a sit-at-home order on Monday, May 31, 2021. That day is a sacred day in Biafra land in honour of the over five million Biafrans massacred by the wicked Nigeria forces during the civil war.

“There will be a total lockdown all through Biafra land on that day as we remember all our fallen heroes and heroines, including agitators, who have paid the supreme price in the course of our struggle for independence since 1967 till date.

“All markets, filling stations, motor parks, airports, seaports, banks, schools, etc as well as social activities in Biafra land are to be shut down on that day. Everyone is to remain indoors in Biafra land from 6am to 6pm on that day. People are to stock their houses with food items before that day so they won’t have need to shop on that day.”

Similarly, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra declared Sunday, May 30, 2021, a special day of prayers for Biafra restoration.

It said that this year’s Biafra Day celebration would be unique and special because it fell on a Sunday.

A statement on Thursday by National Leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, directed all churches in Biafra land to observe special prayers and supplication for the repose of the souls of fallen Biafra heroes, including those killed by Nigerian security agents, Boko Haram and herdsmen. (PUNCH)

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Ohanaeze Urges S’East Gov’s To Support Biafran Groups Stand On May 30th, Make It Public Holiday |The Republican News

South East Governors Forum

As the Biafran heroes and heroines day draws near in the midst of unfounded oppositions from the South East governors, the Ohanaeze Youths Council has joined to demands that the governors make 30th May a public holiday in the region.

Many proponents of Biafran heroes and heroines day have expressed that there is nothing wrong in observing a day in memory of their fallen heroes and heroines and making such a public holiday is a great idea for honouring their souls.

Their press statement is below.

PRESS RELEASE!!!!

OWERRI DECLARATION 29th MAY, 2021…

The National leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, under Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka, after an analysis of the incidents that led to the conceptualization of the May 30th day commemoration have resolved that it is time to take a holistic step towards the economic development of Igboland.

In view of this, OYC, arrived at various resolutions viz:

-The leadership of OYC, is demanding that all the Igbo governors of Old Eastern Region should declare every 30th May public holiday.

-That May 30th should not only be seen as a day we should literarily observe the “sit-at-home order”, rather in honour of Biafran fallen heroes who died during the Nigeria/ Britain genocide against Eastern Nigeria people, it should also be a day set aside to have creative discussions and lecture sessions to continuously design possible ways for economic development of Igbo land and Political Survival of Umuigbo

That Ohanaeze Youth Coucil, is hereby calling on governors of Old Eastern Region to adopt the May 30th as a special Commemoration day for Biafrans Past Heroes.

The Council is also calling on Senators, House of Representatives members of Old Eastern extraction as well as the state Houses of Assembly to join in the movement to institutionalize May 30th as a mourning day and a meeting point to discuss how the survival of the genocide against Easterners will make a genuine living.

We, the Ohanaeze Youth Council-Oyc knowing that Ndigbo was the major target of the 1967-70 Nigeria/ Britain led genocide, therefore Ndigbo should be at forefront of 30the May Remembrance of Igbo Fallen Heroes.

The Council knowing that Ndigbo are the largest African Race with the total population strength of 42.8% of the Nigeria population therefore, accept and adopt the 30th day of May, as Commemoration Day of Biafran Heroes

That May 30th day commemoration should create room for a meeting point for all Igbos both home and abroad to discuss fundamental issues for a wider economic empowerment of Igbo Youths.

The Council is using this opportunity to call on the Igbo technocrats outside Igboland to use May 30th, to locate home and offer their professional services to the socio-political and economic development of Igboland and to identify the bane of Southeast development with a view to ending the plethora of challenges facing our people.

The Council advice the Pro Biafran groups, Massob, Ipob, Zonist, Biafra National Council, Eastern People Congress, Movement of Biafra In Nigeria, Biafra National League to work with political actors of Igbo extraction, governors, senators and Others to make 30th May Heroes Day naturally accepted by Eastern people like how the Yoruba’s institutionalized June 12.

The Council advise governors of Igbo extraction and pro-Biafran groups to shun any threatening comments and action that could lead to tension in the states of Igbo extraction. It’s regrettable on the kind of tension existing in some states, this is as a result of unguided statement of Governors and some pro-Biafra groups.

To quench this regular tension in Igbo land in every 30th May, the Igbo political leaders, Religion leaders, traditional leaders and Pro-Biafran leaders must work in signage and ensure that 30th May become a memorable day of ” Intellectual Discussion in honor of Biafran Fallen Heroes and a day of economic cum Socio-political planning for the survival of Ndigbo in this Contraption called Nigeria.

Signed…
Comrade Igboayaka .O. Igboayaka
National President, OYC.

Dr. Gift Nwanaga
National Secretary General, OYC

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