…urges Ndigbo to obey sit-at-home order
The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB), has disclosed that 20 countries will be sending their observers to monitor the 17th anniversary celebration of the group billed to hold from May 22 to 30.
The disclosure came as the Abia State Coordinator for MASSOB, Anayochukwu Okpara, called on the Ndigbo in the state to observe the May 30 sit-at-home order by the group. MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Mr. Sunny Okereafor, who spoke in Aba, said some of the foreign observers who he described as friends and partners of the group were being attracted by MASSOB’s nonviolent policy and would be on ground to monitor the celebrations in any Biafra city of their choice.
He said some of the observers would arrive from countries such as Gabon, Germany, United States of America, Netherland, Cuba, Ghana, Benin Republic, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and United Kingdom and urged Biafra people to come out en-masse and celebrate the new Biafra from May 22 to 30. Okereafor explained that as age-long friends of Biafra, the foreign observers expressed their desire to identify with the people during the celebration, adding that they are billed to commission some completed projects by MASSOB/BIM in Owerri.
“About 20 foreign observers have indicated interest in monitoring Biafra independence on May 22 to 30. Some of them have arrived. You can see that MASSOB/ BIM‘s non-violent approach has continued to attract foreign countries. “From Enugu to Ogoja, Calabar, Agbor, Uyo, Aba, Onitsha, Abakaliki, Port Harcourt, Asaba and other Biafra cities, there will be massive and peaceful celebrations. “We are celebrating the new Biafra which was launched on May 22, 2000, when our leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, hoisted the Biafra flag at 175 Faulks Road, Aba.
“Before that time, nobody dared to mention the word, Biafra. Now, we have achieved independence for Biafra through non-violence. While displaying a copy of the Biafra passport, Okereafor charged Biafra people to make use of the document, stressing that it is valid and accepted by ‘countries friendly to Biafra’ and urged the people to ignore what he described as the propaganda of the Nigerian government.
Meanwhile, Okpara while speaking to Saturday Telegraph in Aba, said the order was for the people to respect all those that laid down their lives in the struggle for the actualization of Biafra. According to him, May 30 is so important to the struggle and it is a day set aside for all to respect our fallen heroes. He said: “Just stay in your houses and pray for the repose of souls that had gone to the great beyond.” Okpara, who said the day was for everyone to get in tune with God to give Ndigbo a way forward, said the day was for all Biafrans that believe in the cause and the fight to liberate us from the shackles of bondage and incarceration.