The Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB] has unveiled its plans for the new year throughout the South-East region of Nigeria. The group also banned the singing of Nigeria’s national anthem from schools in the region.
IPOB also announced the ban on Fulani cows during festive periods in the region, vowing that it would campaign actively for the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in 2022.
The group called on its members to prepare for worldwide protests with special focus on Nigerian, British, Kenyan embassies, offices of the United Nations, the British Parliament, the European Union, Amnesty International and media houses.
These details were contained in a statement signed by IPOB’s Head of Directorate of State Chika Edoziem and the group’s spokesman Emma Powerful.
The statement reads:
“The following are some of the programmes and actions which the IPOB leadership will vigorously pursue in 2022.
“Worldwide campaign for the unconditional release of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (A Prisoner of Conscience). The Campaign will be called THE PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE CAMPAIGN. In furtherance of this CAMPAIGN, all IPOB family members, Biafrans and friends of Biafra are hereby urged to change their profile pictures on social media with our official campaign poster.
“Secondly all IPOB families worldwide are hereby directed to activate the earlier instruction passed down to them. We shall embark on a worldwide protest in cities and capitals around the world. The focus of our protest shall be British Embassies, the British Parliament – 10 Downing Street, the Kenyan Embassies, the Zoo Nigerian Embassies and International Organisations like the UN, the EU, Amnesty International and Media houses.”
In the statement, IPOB announced the creation of a department referred to as: Education Department. The department will principally be saddled with the responsibility of teaching Igbo history, culture and language in schools, IPOB said, noting that it has three books to be published this year.
The statement continued:
“The DOS will be creating a new department in IPOB to add to those already existing under the Directorate of State. The department will be designated as IPOB EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. Primary responsibility is to teach our history, language, tradition and culture to our children. We have about three books that will be published this new year in furtherance of this. After the head of this department is made public, Biafran writers will be called upon to bring forward books and educational materials to be published for our children in primary and secondary schools.
“Beginning from tonight, no more Nigerian National Anthems in all Schools in Biafraland. Our Children must no longer be reminded daily that they are under oppression by singing the national anthem of the oppressor. School authorities and proprietors have a responsibility to teach our children our national anthem. The Biafran National Anthem.
Rounding off, IPOB said from April 2022, Fulani cows will be banned in the entire region. It said Fulani cows, used for bestiality, will no longer be slaughtered at any event or ceremony anywhere in the South-East.