The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has banned celebration of Nigeria’s Independence anniversary celebrations across the Southeast on October 1.
The pro-Biafra group stated this in a statement issued on Friday by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, claiming that the Nigerian state detests Igbos and has rejected all efforts to treat people of the Southeast equally.
The group further warned the governors of the region and political leaders to shun the celebration.
The statement partly read: “The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by the Supreme leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU hereby call on Biafrans both home and in diaspora to shun participation in the Nigeria Independent day celebration on 1st October 2023.
“Every sensible Biafra citizen must understand that Nigeria detests Biafrans, particularly Ndigbo. Nigeria has rejected all our efforts to be treated as equal citizens. Nigeria has marginalised Biafrans politically and economically. Since Nigeria has rejected us, we have also rejected Nigeria and her celebrations.”
The group claimed that Nigeria government and citizens had time after time demonstrated that “we are not part of them,” adding that “we must do everything possible to liberate ourselves from the bondage of Nigeria. Even a fool would have come to the realization that Nigeria is not for Ndigbo and Biafrans after the shenanigan that they called 2023 elections”.
“As Nigeria’s government plans to celebrate her flag Independence from Britain, we advise Eastern Region Governors and Political leaders to shun the October 1st Independence celebration in our region. Moreso, we advise Biafrans not to attend any Independence celebration anywhere within Biafra territory or outside of it.
“Hence, IPOB has banned the Independence Day celebration and flying of Nigeria flags in any part of Biafraland on October 1st, 2023.”