A pro-Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has called on its members, supporters and residents of the South-East region to have a prayer session on Tuesday (today) for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group urged that business and social activities should be shunned so that people could concentrate on the prayers for its helmsman who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June.
According to the statement signed by the Head of Directorate of Service (DOS), Chika Edoziem, the prayer should also address peace in the Igbo land and as well for the realisation of the Biafra nation.
This was contained in the statement by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful on Monday.
The statement said, “On this very day, we will make one solemn sacrifice. I am not instituting sit-at-home but all Biafrans should dedicate that day by shutting down all business activities, banks should not open.”
Explaining further on the modalities of the prayer session, Powerful told SaharaReporters that, "We didn't declare anything like sit-at-home, our declaration is on prayers for our leader."
The statement further read, "The prayers will be all over the world where all Biafrans reside.
“There is no sit-at-home because we understand that DSS agents masquerading as our members are now telling people that IPOB will use that day as sit-at-home, no we did not say so and will not, but our people will close their shops after the prayers they open their shops.
“We must stand in the open and make sure that the day light shines upon us, if it rains, let the rain fall upon us as we make this prayer, all pastors, evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc shall lead in this day prayer.
“The Odinana people must also gather and call for the spirits that guard the land and Chukwu Okike Abiama.
“Our kings will also come out to pray in the manner that our ancestors prayed in the old days. They will pray with a native kola that has four parts.
“Those who are the Ofor in Biafraland, must also come out and gather with the Odinana people also bring the Ofor and after the prayer, break the kola and throw the kola to our ancestors as the aka ji ọfọ shall raise the Ofor and hit it on the ground for our ancestors to come and fight for us."