IPOB confirms banning national anthem, use of cows at ceremonies

IPOB members

The Indigenous People of Biafra, through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, has confirmed that the group had banned recitation of the Nigerian national anthem in schools in the South-East region.

The PUNCH had already reported on Monday that IPOB, apart from banning the national anthem in schools, also banned the use of Fulani cows during festive seasons in the region.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, Powerful said the order came from the “head of directorate and leadership of the group as led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

Powerful, however, explained that he would expatiate with further details more information as regards the directive on Tuesday.

Powerful, who denied the group’s involvement in the killings and kidnappings of some monarchs in the South-East, said “shedding of blood” is not included in their mandate, but rather, the emancipation of its people from slavery.

He said, “Yes, our head of directorate and leadership made it so that Nigeria national anthem should be banned in schools including the use of Fulani cows during festive season.

“We will work out mechanisms to ensure compliance in a non-violent manner. We are freedom fighters working for the emancipation of our people from slavery as led by our leader, MNK. We are not a violent or terrorist group.

“We are putting heads together for a more robust deliberation and before the end of the day, further details would be put out in the public domain.

“This campaign will be tagged the ‘Prisoner of conscience campaign’ and all IPOB family members, Biafrans and friends of Biafra are expected to key into this campaign.” Punch


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