Biafra agitators in one of their previous activities
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has stated that over 120 countries and territories around the world outside Biafraland will participate in the Heroes' Day March declared by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to honour those who lost their lives during the civil war. Media and publicity secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a press release made available to Fides in Awka, stated that the Heroes' Day March would serve as a mock referendum, and would show the world how desirous the people were to secede. 'The remembrance of our fallen heroes and heroines on 30th of May, 2017, will go down in history as one of the greatest events the world would ever witness. IPOB will use this event to conclusively prove to the whole world that we are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra's sovereignty. Powerful said that countries outside Nigeria would stage a peaceful march during the event, but in Nigeria, all Biafrans would be expected to stay indoors and avoid any march or protest as this could give security agents reason to shoot at them. He added that so far, their members in most countries of the world had secured the permission of the authorities in those countries to hold the protest march and had been allotted venues. 'IPOB families in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East, USA and many others across the world, have managed to secure marching permits from their relevant authorities because of this historic 30th of May event. 'Almost all countries where IPOB has presence, including Angola, Mozambique, Congo DR, Namibia and Tanzania, have respectfully perfected their own arrangements to honour our heroes and heroines on that particular day. 'In the UK, IPOB has secured their venue at Trafalgar Square, London, for a rally. It is however interesting to note that the Deputy National Coordinator of IPOB, UK, reported that the British Metropolitan Police gave express permission for the march at Trafalgar Square, saying that he knew the group and its leader as being non-violent. 'He said that he knew that since Mazi Nnamdi Kanu started his street protests in London, there had never been any breach of public peace compared to similar protests by others groups that had always degenerated into scuffles and altercations with law enforcement agencies in the London area,' Emma Powerful said. The release added that there would be a complete lockdown in major cities where Biafrans had a significant population in Nigeria like Sabon Gari in Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Zaria and Abuja. IPOB added that it was not unaware of efforts being made by some people who, it alleged, had collected huge sums from the federal government to sabotage the exercise. 'It is very pathetic and downright criminally unpatriotic, that certain individuals can hide under the banner of Biafra to be serving a Northern agenda. These elements and their groups have now gone to bring shame and infamy to themselves by attempting to discourage our people from honouring our heroes. 'This is the height of evil and betrayal of the very worst kind. To shamefully make open and unguarded statements against the Remembrance Day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines is indicative of the hopelessness and criminal mind set of these Nigerian-sponsored criminals masquerading as Biafrans,' the group said.