Following the arrest of Pro-biafra women and their eventual release, the proscribed group, the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB have declared September 14 as a day of mourning and resistance across the entire expanse of Biafra land.
The group described the arrest of over a hundred prostesting women in Owerri as humiliating and disgraceful to Igbos, it also claims that the South East region is under religious and ethnic persecution from the Federal Government.
In a press release by the group’s media Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group urged:
“inhabitants of South-East/South-South and all conscientious Biafrans living in other parts of Nigeria and the world are required to stay indoors away from work or daily business activities throughout the day of the 14th of September 2018 to register our anger and protest regarding the men and women killed at Afaraukwu in Umuahia during Operation Python Dance II on September 14 last year, those killed in Ngwa, Aba, Igweocha (Port Harcourt) and buried in unmarked mass graves as a result of unprovoked military invasion of Biafraland by the Nigerian Army.
‘’All businesses, offices, markets, schools and road transportation will be shut down for 24 hours from midnight of the 13th of September. There will be no human or vehicular movement across Biafraland. People are expected to stay at home to pray for the souls of the brave and reflect upon the bondage our land is under. Any person or persons seen outside on the 14th of September 2018 will be classed as an enemy of the people.’’
We shall also remember all those killed in the struggle for the restoration of Biafra independence since August 2015 when the army shot dead Mr. Okafor in Onitsha on a peaceful march from Nkpor to Onitsha main town. Their sacrifice will neither be forgotten nor will it be in vain because come what may, this generation of IPOB must and will restore Biafra. ‘’The sacrilegious and disgraceful humiliation of Igbo women, some of them great grand-mothers, ranks as one of the most abominable act of desecration ever visited upon the land of Biafra in recorded history. It will mark the defining event that completed the shame and humiliation of the Igbo race.” The cowardice and impotency of Igbo socio-political and cultural leadership in the face of such humiliation by a single Fulani police officer in Owerri is confirmation, if one is needed, that South-East and South-South regions are conquered territories and vassal colonies of the Sokoto caliphate.’’
Speaking further, the group said the only way Igbos could honour their fallen brethren, resists oppression and oppose military invasion in the guise of Operation Python Dance is to observe the sit-at-home exercide.