S’East, S’South Pro-Biafra Groups Rally To Honour Fallen Heroes


Members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Pro-Biafra group from the southeast and south-south states of the country, last weekend gathered in Aba, Abia State, to honour fallen heroes of their group who died during the Nigerian-Biafran war. Numbering over 10, 000, and as early as 9am, the group gathered in front of Christ the King Catholic Cathedral church from where they took off in groups and marched through the streets of the commercial city, which lasted for over eight hours and cutting acrossOgbor Hill, Aba-Owerri road, Tonimas-Umule axis, Ariaria, Port Harcourt road through Flyover Bus Stop, among others. Traffic was disrupted throughout their rally, even as the state governor’s entourage had to take extra minutes detours to make it through Ogbor hill to his Umuobiakwa country home, while commuters, motorists and residents of Aba, trooped out in their numbers to have a glimpse of what was happening. Several police patrol had followed the procession around, while their patrol vans were also seen at various strategic junctions where the Armoured Personnel Carrier was stationed at Ehi road by CKC, apparently to ensure that the peaceful protest didn’t turn violent. Speaking, some members of the group said that the movement in Aba was to honour some of the fallen heroes of Biafran, who died during the Nigerian-Biafran Civil war, adding that it was also part of their efforts to further push for their agitation for the realiasation of the sovereign state of Biafra. According to one Kalu Francis, “It is more than 100years after Lord Lugard amalgamated the people of Southern and Northern Protectorates. According to the treaty, it was agreed that after 100years, anyone that felt that they are no longer comfortable with the way things are being done, has the right to secede and that is what we are doing. “We are the Indigenous People of Biafra and we believe that the time has come for us to let the world know how badly we have been treated as a people. Even when we lay the eggs that feeds the nation, we are still not benefiting from the eggs we lay. “What we are saying is that we want to be free and until we realise the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers, we shall continue to push the struggle and push our case to its logical conclusion. “People think that we are going to be troublesome, but we chose the path of peace and honour as a non-violent group to pass our message to the international community that we are no longer comfortable. What we want is a sovereign state of Biafra and nothing else.”   However, residents of Aba have commended the police operatives for exhibiting maturity in the way they handled the protesters, stating that it was a paradigm shift from what was obtainable in the past. They added that if the template set out on Sunday by the police could be sustained, “they will be achieving the saying ‘police is your friend’ and not the enemy of the public.”

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