The leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has called on the Yoruba Nationalist Group, under the aegis of Oduduwa Republic, and Christians in the northern part of the country, including other groups or individuals who feel oppressed in Nigeria, to join them in their planned October 1, 2021, Nigeria Independence Day, sit-at-home protest.
It also enjoined the two groups to kick against the federal government’s sustained injustice on Nigerian citizens.
IPOB, in a statement issued on Tuesday, September 28, by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, urged the various sovereign state agitators, Christian organizations and all lovers of freedom in Nigeria to set aside their religious and political differences and unite for the protest.
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The group explained that its agitation is not for Biafran people alone but for all the oppressed indigenous tribes in the country including the Christian communities in northern Nigeria and victims of unprovoked genocide attacks by Fulani jihadists in Yoruba land and in the Middle Belt.
It stated that the agitation is also to demand the release of those persons who committed no crime known to law but are languishing in jail because freedom fighters and innocent civilians cannot be languishing in jail, while bandits and murderous herdsmen are moving about freely.
According to IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group is under a divine mandate to liberate all subjugated tribes in Nigeria; therefore, other groups in Nigeria who suffer the same fate with them should join hands in sympathy protest.
He stated that the group is demanding justice for the oppressed indigenous people in Nigeria, noting that we can no longer continue to deceive ourselves, suffering and smiling, to celebrate what he described as “fake National Independence Day” every year, adding that it is an error we won’t tolerate anymore.
The group further accused the Fulani tribe of wanting to keep every indigenous nationality out of existence in Nigeria but they must resist that evil plot on this October 1st and show the world that they are serious.
The group also alleged that every indigenous nationality in Nigeria has experienced one form of intimidation and humiliation from Fulani hegemony since 1960 to date and that now is the time to end the captivity.