The sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in Southeast states is causing disquiet in the areas ahead of the D-day.
IPOB had in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, ordered residents in all the five states to sit-at-home in memory of Biafra soldiers who died 54 years ago during the civil war, saying, “We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ably led by the prophet of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce once again that this year’s annual Biafra Remembrance Day and candle light procession will take place on Sunday night, 30th of May, while a sit-at-home and total lockdown takes place on Monday, 31st of May, 2021, and not May 30 as earlier announced.
“The adjustment is to enable churches to hold their normal services on Sunday, May 30, without any obstruction. But there will be no human or vehicular movement throughout Biafra land on Monday May 31.
“Every person in Biafra land is therefore, advised to observe a sit-at-home order on Monday, May 31, 2021. That day is a sacred day in Biafra land in honour of the over five million Biafrans massacred by the wicked Nigeria forces during the civil war.”
The statement has set off tension in the states with private and missionary schools being shut down in Imo among other panic measures.
“Leveraging on the already scheduled public holiday for tomorrow, we have considered it expedient to allow the students/pupils enjoy a longer weekend to resume on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
“Boarding students should not be forced to go home. Those who wish to stay back in school should be taken care of,” the Directorate of Education, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, said in a statement it released.