As tension continues to grow over the planned Biafra Day celebration scheduled for May 30, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has asked its members to stay at home on that day.
The order is aimed at forestalling any planned insecurity or clash between the members of the agitation group and law enforcement agencies, according to Mr Emma Powerful, its spokesperson.
Powerful said its members should sit at home and reminisce over their fallen heroes instead of marching on the streets.
In a related development, the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM/MASSOB) under the leadership of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, is pleading with security agencies to allow them celebrate the 18th anniversary of MASSOB slated for between May 22 and May 30.
BIM/MASSOB noted that it has nothing to do with violence but engage in peaceful agitations for pursuing self-determination as enshrined in international human rights charter.
Vanguard reports Chief Edwin Iloagu, the leader of the group for Enugu province as pleading with the police and army to allow them express their common desire.
He disclosed that the celebration will take a week to end May 30 which coincides with the date the late Biafra leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, declared the defunct Biafra Republic.
Voice of Ndigbo learnt that the event would start with thanksgiving church services, and then there would be a peaceful procession, cultural displays and football matches.
“We wish to alert Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of Biafra freedom about the strategies mapped out by the Nigerian government and her security agencies to deal with the people of Biafra during the Remembrance Day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines that laid down their lives during the genocidal war of 1967 and 1970.
“Nevertheless, we are calling on every Biafran to stay at home on that particular day to avoid the security operatives who wish to kill the people of Biafra for nothing,” he said.