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Biafra Day: Don’t kill us, MASSOB begs security agencies in Cross River

From Judex Okoro, Calabar

Leader of the Cross River State sector of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB),  Samuel Okah, has appealed to security agencies not to  arrest or kill their members on May 22, 2017, when the group will mark its Independence Day.

Making the appeal during a rally to kick off activities for the annual celebration at Ikom, Okah said the event will climax with a grand football match with Bayelsa State wing on May 22, which is the final day of the celebration.

He disclosed that some of their members still have outstanding courts cases occasioned by police action against them while they engaged in peaceful activities.

“We call on security agencies not to engage in any show of force by killing members of MASSOB while celebrating Biafra Day because it is a peaceful event to honour Dim Odemegwu Ojukwu who, on May 30, 1967 declared Biafra Independence to free his people from the yoke of bondage.

“The celebration of May 22 started when Chief Ralph Uwazurike, MASSOB leader, in pursuit of a non-violent struggle for the actualisation of the Biafra nation, declared the Biafra  Independence Day on that date in 2000.

“Since, members of MASSOB have been engaging in peaceful struggle for the actualisation of Biafra independence and so, it is instructive that we should be allowed to do our thing without any form of violence from the police or any other security outfit.”  He urged members not  to panic but stay away from work or close their  businesses except those who want to join in the celebration which only involves marches around the state.

He said: “We will be carrying our flags and marching in some areas like we are doing now which does not disturb office work or closure of businesses except those who want to join us and as such anybody is free to join us.”

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 15th May 2017 at 7:08 am

    If they kill, revenge. Beg no one- Biafrans do not beg. Republic Of Biafra has capability and capacity of defence and revenge.

  2. Onyewuchi Nze 15th May 2017 at 7:46 am

    This is a development in the right direction. Freedom, rule of law, and human rights should be encouraged. The agitators appear set to behave in civilized ways, the security agencies should be set to act in civilized ways, in all they do. Violence not only hinders development, but bring ridicule and disrespect to a country. Dozens of countries, including UK, Spain, Canada, etc., face secessionist threats and many of them are handled in civilized ways. Canada and UK had even organized official plebiscites with the aim to grant independence if majority desired it. Spain allowed the secessionists to conduct an unofficial plebiscite.

    Nigeria was originally created, without consultation of the indigenes, by the British for their own needs. The great leader of the North, sir Ahmadu Bello, called the amalgamation ”the mistake of 1914”. General Gowon, the first northern military head of state, in his first broadcast to the nation, said that there is no basis for Nigerian unity. Boko Haram and so many northern groups want an Islamic caliphate, and are prepared to kill and maim, in order to achieve it.

    Islam abhors plurality. There is no where in the world or in time, where Islam had lived in equality, friendship, and brotherly with significant population of unbelievers. The demand for Biafra, should be examined, for it is not without merit. The best way to hinder Biafra is not to kill the agitators or stop put them into detention. The best way to kill Biafra, is to ensure true equality before the laws, in politics, in appointments, in siting development project, in the distribution of democratic development.

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