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Stay Indoor on May 30 – IYM Tells Igbos

Valentine Chinyem

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People in the South East, have been told to adhere to the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on May 30, 2018.

The mandate came from the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, who said the day has been set aside to honour and remember Igbo’s who lost their lives during the Biafra/Nigeria civil war.

Issuing the statement, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, founder of IYM and Deputy Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, said, “I am grateful to God that the section of the Igbo elite who for varied reasons were afraid to identify openly with the restructuring gale that has been blowing across the country for over two decades (since the Abacha days), have finally found the courage to stand up and be counted. To God be the glory.

“Credit goes to leaders like Prof Ben Nwabueze and The Patriots, who sustained the restructuring struggle for decades. We must also remain grateful to the great Ide, Dr Alex Ekwueme, who, actually, is the father of the six regional structures.

“It does not matter that these people woke up to the truth very late; their ceremony at Awka shows that they have eventually become converted to the truth.

“We must thank God for that and pray that their conversion is real. We must also help them sustain the tempo until Nigeria is returned to the regional format that saw rapid development in the First Republic. Returning Nigeria to the 1963 constitution remains the only way out of the impasse the country has found itself in.

“I would like to use this opportunity to plead with our people to remain indoors on May 30th. It’s the only way we honour our dead and reminisce on our journey in the country we find ourselves.

“Finally, we restate, that the only kind of restructuring that will save Nigeria is a return to the 1963 constitution, built on true fiscal federalism and regional autonomy.

“Any attempt by the oppressor to retain the 36 states as federating units and also sustain the unjust 774 local government areas while claiming that devolving some powers and duties to the states equals to restructuring, will be resisted. Only a return to the 1963 constitution will be acceptable.”