From: Madu Ezenoha, Enugu
Biafran agitators, Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) have declared that they will roll out the drums to celebrate the independence of Biafra.
The Biafran proponents who are canvassing the breakaway of the people of South East and South South zones from present Nigeria, announced 7-days activities for the 18th anniversary of the hoisting of the Biafran flag by Chief Ralph Uwazurike and the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra by late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Briefing journalists in Enugu on the anniversary programme, the leader of MASSOB/BIM in Enugu West senatorial zone of Enugu State, Chief Edwin Iloagu, stated that the double anniversary will commence on May 22, 2017 and end on May 30, 2017 to mark the anniversary of Biafra’s declaration by Ojukwu on May 30, 1967.
He said that the hoisting of Biafran flag by Uwazurike on May 22, 1999 signalled the resurgence of agitation for Biafran independence.
According to him, Uwazurike also founded MASSOB and BIM as flagships of the Biafra independence struggle.
Iloagu stated that starting from May 22, thanksgiving church services, peaceful processions, cultural displays and football matches will be held with a grand finale on May 30.
“All the zones will come to Enugu to jubilate and celebrate our independence… we’re calling on all Igbo sons and daughters to come out enmass to celebrate.
“We are calling on security agencies to allow us do our thing, we are not violent, we don’t carry or shoot guns, neither do we fight any man or woman, ” he said.
The MASSOB/BIM leader explained that other separatist groups by whatever name are enjoined to cooperate with them since they are pursuing common objective of self determination based on the United Nations and African Charter on human rights.
He said that their leader, Ralph Uwazurike does not believe in division and misunderstanding among various groups agitating for Biafra.
“Our leader Chief, (Dr.)Ralph Uwazurike, Ijere Ndigbo does not want division or discrimination, he wants every group to be peaceful and united,” he said.