From Emmanuel Uzor, Abakaliki and Dom Ekpunobi, Onitsha
MOVEMENT for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has declared today a public holiday to commemorate the declaration of the Republic of Biafra by late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on May 30, 1967.
Leader of the group, Mr Uchenna Madu said today’s holiday is to honour fallen and living Biafran heroes.
“In celebration of our 50th anniversary of Biafra declaration, MASSOB in the spirit of Biafranism will also visit orphanages and the living disabled Biafran soldiers, whom we resettled in Okwe, MASSOB headquarters.”
On the one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Madu said: “The one year administration of President Buhari for MASSOB is a complete and total breakthrough for us.
“The emergence of Buhari as the current Nigerian president revived and restored the massive consciousness of Biafra actualisation through the continuation of Hausa/Fulani Islamic, political, economic and religious conquest of the Middle Belt and Southern regions as commanded by his political father, premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello during the week of Nigeria’s independence celebration according to Parrot Newspaper of October 12, 1960.”
He added: “The more Buhari expresses his dislike and primitive opposition to Biafra, the more the resilience, consistency and undying spirit of Biafranism is nurtured and made more active in the lives of Biafra agitators.”
Meanwhile, the organisation has assured of peaceful celebration.
The movement said in Onitsha, Anambra State, that there was no cause for alarm, despite the unnecessary arrest and detention of its members by members of Joint Task Force.
Addressing newsmen in Onitsha yesterday, Nnewi South Regional Administrator, Chief Anthony A. Nwodo said, “people are free to go about their businesses without molestation from anybody.
“We celebrate it annually so, there is no cause for alarm even if the Joint Security Task Force are patrolling to frustrate our celebration, it will not work,” he said.
He called on Igbo leaders to support Chief Ralph Uwazuruike in his effort to actualise the sovereign state of Biafra. The Sun