Sit-At-Home Order: Why We Are Protesting On September 14 —IPOB
The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has explained reasons behind its call for mass action of sit-at-home strike slated for September 14, 2018 in Nigeria, especially in Igboland aka Biafraland.
In an eleven paragraph media statement made available to newsmen in Awka this afternoon, the pro-Biafra group bitterly criticized Ohaneze Ndigbo, Igbo leaders and especially the South east Governors for their deafening silence on their outcry since the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu and his parents as part of the 2017 Operation Python Dance 2 (OPD 2).
They also bemoaned the failure of these Igbo leaders to speak out in condemnation of the Federal Government and the Army for the abduction, arrest, detention and disappearance without trace till date of some of their members.
More so since some mass graves and decomposed corpses they alleged to be those of their arrested and detained members were springing up in bushes in parts of Abia State.
Again, the way these same leaders looked away over the recent mass arrest and detention of elderly women who were protesting to show their disgust over the plans for OPD 3.
In the statement which was signed by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Madu, the group noted:
“At a time when more bodies of innocent victims of Operation Python Dance 2, killed last year by the Nigerian Army are being discovered in mass graves in various locations in Abia State;
“At a time when we are still burying those Operation Python Dance 2 killed and dumped in mass graves across Biafraland in September 2017;
“Here we are today with Nigeria military once again poised to invade the South East, to slaughter the weak and innocent in their annual Fulani genocidal ritual in the name of yet another Operation Python Dance 3.
“No sane society or a people worth their salt will tolerate such brazen conquest and humiliation.
“IPOB noted that what was in times past considered a reprehensible abomination in Igboland has now become the norm.
“More deaths and destruction of South East and South South by the Nigerian Army, has become so commonplace that our senses have become numb to these atrocious acts.
“The discovery of mass graves in Igboland is no longer considered an abomination.
“How times have changed the values of a once great people and race.
“Anybody still in doubt as to the physical and psychological damage the traitors called Igbo socio-cultural and political leaders in Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East Governors Forum have done and are still causing to the masses, should look no further than their silence in the face of the threat of Operation Python Dance 3.
“Why are they quiet over such overwhelming threat to the lives and properties of those they claim to be leading, given that Operation Python Dance means death for hundreds of unarmed non-Muslim men and women in the South East, people of all ages, gender, educational and social class.
“The answer is very simple: Nnia Nwodo’s Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors are the people responsible for bringing Operation Python Dance into Igboland.
“That is why they have lost their voices.
“South East governors met on Sunday 2 September 2018 for what we understand to be a crucial meeting.
“They rose from that gathering without uttering a word or issuing a statement in condemnation of Operation Python Dance 3 because they are part of it.
“These corrupt, self-serving politicians are nothing more than Arewa agents in our land whose complicit destruction of the Igbo race in particular and Biafra in general can no longer be hidden.
“They did nothing about the mass murder of their people in September 2017 in Afaraukwu.
“They never uttered a word when our grandmothers were thoroughly humiliated by a single Fulani man in Owerri.
“Now they have kept silent again as armored tanks and machine guns of the caliphate roll into the peaceful South East to commence another round of state sanctioned slaughter and mayhem.
“These charlatans don’t know what leadership means.
“The general strike scheduled for September 14, 2018, is to express our anger and at the same time respect the memory of those killed, tortured and those who just disappeared by the Nigeria army through Operation Python Dance 2 on the 14th of September, 2017, in Isiama Afaraukwu Umuahia, Abia State.
“Our anger is also directed at Igbo politicians and Ohaneze Ndigbo in particular that conspired with the Fulani Islamic army of Nigeria to invade the home of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with the sole intention of killing him and his parents.
“One year on, we are still asking for his whereabouts as well as his aged parents.
“IPOB expressed disgust that it has never been recorded in the history of post-independence Nigeria that grandmothers up to 70 years of age were locked up in prison overnight.
“Shamefully, the Igbo race has acquired another dubious distinction of being the very first people to have their women publicly humiliated and stripped of every shred of human dignity.
“Who knows what will come next.
“Had it been it was an Igbo Police Commissioner in Kano that ordered the mere interception, not to talk of arrest, of Hausa-Fulani women, every Igbo business in core Arewa north will be up in flames.
“Countless southerners would have been slaughtered by now in an orgy of bloodbath and violence because the honour of Hausa-Fulani has been slighted.
“The Igbo Police Commissioner would have been summoned to the Emir’s palace to kneel in apology to the women.
“His police residence would have been burnt down. He would have been stripped of his rank, sent packing from Kano if he’s lucky to escape with his life.
“But in Igboland, the cowardice and impotence of informants and collaborators in Ohaneze Ndigbo and Igbo governors forum, masquerading as leaders, have sold the masses down the river.
“No shame, no honour, no dignity for the Igbo race in Nigeria.
“South East and South South is a conquered territory. This is what we are protesting on the 14th of September 2018.
“We IPOB and by extension the people of Biafra are against how our mothers were treated in Owerri, we are against the upcoming Operation Python Dance 3, hence our resolve to paralyse every movement across Biafraland.
This era will be remembered as the age when Igbo men in position of power and leadership, conspired with our northern oppressors, to kill those (IPOB) fighting to liberate them.
“It is the height of insensitivity that at a time when we are discovering more mass graves, burial sites, missing persons and general disquiet over the humiliation and treatment of our mothers, South East governors, Ohaneze Ndigbo and some misguided politicians have decided to allow another major killing spree to take place in Biafraland under the cover of Operation Python Dance 3.
“They won’t even allow us to finish burying those they killed last year before launching another attack on our communities.
“This is why we must resist the invaders and their collaborators by observing the general strike called for the September 14, 2018.”
From Chuks Collins, Awka