The movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has made a passionate appeal to the United Nations to arrange and conduct a referendum soonest, to evaluate the willingness or otherwise of the people to be part of an independent Biafra.
This appeal was made in Owerri, Imo State on Monday, September 12, 2016 by the zonal leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and a member of the organization’s elders’ council, Canice Anujuru and Okechukwu Nwogu respectively, made the plea during a news conference in Owerri, to mark the 17th anniversary of the birth of MASSOB.
“Conducting this all important referendum for the independence of Biafra is long overdue. Biafrans earnestly await this exercise,” Chief Anujuru said.
He also said that “the UN granted MASSOB observer status since 2000,” Chief Anujuru also pointed out that “since then, MASSOB has been conducting its campaign for the independence of Biafra in a non-violent manner.”
Despite the group’s non-violent posture, “the Nigerian government and its security agencies had mindlessly killed, maimed, arrested, detained and prosecuted several pro-Biafra agitators over the years,” he lamented.
The MASSOB leaders also warned that “until Biafran people are granted freedom, things will continue to go wrong in Nigeria.
Anujuru disclosed that the anniversary event by MASSOB will witness rallies in every major town in Biafra territory stressing that “the celebration will enable members appraise our gains and challenges.”
Contributing also, Chief Okechukwu Nwogu regretted that “the bulk of the revenue used in running the affairs of Nigeria comes largely, from the former Eastern Region.”
While saying that the celebration will commence September 13, 2016, Nwogu, however, added that Biafra was all about the past and future of the people.