The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, will on September 23, 2016 protest against the continuous incarceration of its embattled leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Recall that Kanu, who also doubles as the Director of Radio Biafra was arrested on October 14, 2015, in Lagos by the Department of State Services, DSS, and had since remained incarcerated despite court rulings granting him freedom.
Disclosing the planned protest in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group’s Directorate of State, DOS, said the protest will hold all over the world except Nigeria where “church services will be held.”
The statement reads, “The Directorate of State, DOS, and the worldwide family members of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) have declared 23rd Sept,2016 for Biafrans worldwide protest against the continued detention of our leader mazi Nnamdi Kanu and for the freedom of Biafra people. The IPOB worldwide protest will take place in all the countries across the globe except in Biafra land and Nigeria where church services will be held.
“Every IPOB member and other Biafrans living in Nigeria and Biafra land will stay in their homes on that day.”
The secessionist group also appealed to “all markets, schools, Banks, transport companies and manufacturing companies to close on same day in solidarity with the overall objectives of the Biafra restoration process irrespective of your persuasion or affiliation.
“Again, we call on Okada riders, Keke drivers, Bus drivers, Luxurious bus Owners and drivers, The Nine Loaders (911 drivers and Owners) the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Transport Owners (NATO) are advised to withdraw their vehicles from the road on that day in solidarity with IPOB worldwide for the release our leader mazi Nnamdi Kanu and for the total liberation of Biafra people.
“We also advise every Biafran to switch off their communication devices especially mobile phones on that day from 8 Am in the morning to 4 PM in the evening in solidarity. This will let the world know including communication companies, that Biafrans are serious towards the release of their leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the restoration of the ancient and sacred sovereignty of God’s nation Biafra.”