As the Biafran heroes and heroines day draws near in the midst of unfounded oppositions from the South East governors, the Ohanaeze Youths Council has joined to demands that the governors make 30th May a public holiday in the region.
Many proponents of Biafran heroes and heroines day have expressed that there is nothing wrong in observing a day in memory of their fallen heroes and heroines and making such a public holiday is a great idea for honouring their souls.
Their press statement is below.
OWERRI DECLARATION 29th MAY, 2021…
The National leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, under Comrade Igboayaka O Igboayaka, after an analysis of the incidents that led to the conceptualization of the May 30th day commemoration have resolved that it is time to take a holistic step towards the economic development of Igboland.
In view of this, OYC, arrived at various resolutions viz:
-The leadership of OYC, is demanding that all the Igbo governors of Old Eastern Region should declare every 30th May public holiday.
-That May 30th should not only be seen as a day we should literarily observe the “sit-at-home order”, rather in honour of Biafran fallen heroes who died during the Nigeria/ Britain genocide against Eastern Nigeria people, it should also be a day set aside to have creative discussions and lecture sessions to continuously design possible ways for economic development of Igbo land and Political Survival of Umuigbo
That Ohanaeze Youth Coucil, is hereby calling on governors of Old Eastern Region to adopt the May 30th as a special Commemoration day for Biafrans Past Heroes.
The Council is also calling on Senators, House of Representatives members of Old Eastern extraction as well as the state Houses of Assembly to join in the movement to institutionalize May 30th as a mourning day and a meeting point to discuss how the survival of the genocide against Easterners will make a genuine living.
We, the Ohanaeze Youth Council-Oyc knowing that Ndigbo was the major target of the 1967-70 Nigeria/ Britain led genocide, therefore Ndigbo should be at forefront of 30the May Remembrance of Igbo Fallen Heroes.
The Council knowing that Ndigbo are the largest African Race with the total population strength of 42.8% of the Nigeria population therefore, accept and adopt the 30th day of May, as Commemoration Day of Biafran Heroes
That May 30th day commemoration should create room for a meeting point for all Igbos both home and abroad to discuss fundamental issues for a wider economic empowerment of Igbo Youths.
The Council is using this opportunity to call on the Igbo technocrats outside Igboland to use May 30th, to locate home and offer their professional services to the socio-political and economic development of Igboland and to identify the bane of Southeast development with a view to ending the plethora of challenges facing our people.
The Council advice the Pro Biafran groups, Massob, Ipob, Zonist, Biafra National Council, Eastern People Congress, Movement of Biafra In Nigeria, Biafra National League to work with political actors of Igbo extraction, governors, senators and Others to make 30th May Heroes Day naturally accepted by Eastern people like how the Yoruba’s institutionalized June 12.
The Council advise governors of Igbo extraction and pro-Biafran groups to shun any threatening comments and action that could lead to tension in the states of Igbo extraction. It’s regrettable on the kind of tension existing in some states, this is as a result of unguided statement of Governors and some pro-Biafra groups.
To quench this regular tension in Igbo land in every 30th May, the Igbo political leaders, Religion leaders, traditional leaders and Pro-Biafran leaders must work in signage and ensure that 30th May become a memorable day of ” Intellectual Discussion in honor of Biafran Fallen Heroes and a day of economic cum Socio-political planning for the survival of Ndigbo in this Contraption called Nigeria.
Comrade Igboayaka .O. Igboayaka
National President, OYC.
Dr. Gift Nwanaga
National Secretary General, OYC