As Nigeria prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary of independence, the Indigenous People of Biafra – a group campaigning for the secession of former eastern Nigeria, formerly known as Biafra, has ordered the closure of the southern part of the country, to boycott the October 1 anniversary of independence.
The separatist group said that the boycott is in order to highlight their position that they are no longer interested in Nigeria.
IPOB cited “state sponsored terrorism, bad governance and economic annihilation“ as a reason why other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria should boycott all government-organized ceremonies that it said are “designed to eulogize the failure that Nigeria has become.”
A statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Comrade Emma Powerful, stated that Boko Haram, ISWAP, Fulani herders and other Islamic terrorists plan to attack and massacre people, mostly children, during the Independence Day celebration on October 1, 2020.
“We, therefore, urge that all markets, schools and businesses in Biafraland and beyond be shut down as a mark of respect to all those who have died as a result of terrorism against innocent civilians especially Christians, ethnic cleansing in Southern Kaduna and elsewhere across the Middle Belt. Everywhere in Biafraland must be under lock for Nigeria and the world to know that we are all united in our march toward total freedom. There should be no public events or ceremonies in Biafraland to avoid any needless loss of lives,” said IPOB.