SECESSIONIST group the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) is stepping up pressure on other self-determination groups from other parts of the country to join it in enforcing a nationwide shutdown on October 1.
This Friday, Nigeria will be marking her 61st independence day and with political tension across the country high, several groups plan to use the occasion to express their displeasure with the government. Ipob for instance has called for a sit-at-home across the southeast geo-political zone and is now asking other groups to join it for maximum effect.
Following its earlier declaration that there will be operation No Nigeria Flag in Biafraland on October 1, Ipob has asked the likes of Yoruba Nation and the Middle Belt Forum to adopt the same stance. Ipob spokesman Emma Powerful, pleaded with those agitating for Oduduwa and Middle Belt republics to put aside their differences and join the group in shutting down Nigeria on October 1.
Mr Powerful said: “We, the global family of Ipob request our brothers and sisters in Oduduwa Republic and Middle Belt who suffer similar fate with us to join hands in sympathy protest. All lovers of freedom including Christian communities in the north and other parts of Nigeria, who receive humiliation, intimidation and killings from terrorists, bandits and murderous herdsmen, should understand that time has come for all victims of impunity and atrocities to unite together for resistance.
“We need to put our differences behind us and rise as one people to defend our ancestral land and heritage against our common enemy.”