The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and a coalition of Biafra groups, on Monday declared that no amount of intimidation by security agents will stop their members from celebrating this year’s Biafra Day on May 30.
It insisted that despite the heavy presence of security operatives in the South-East, the celebration will be observed.
Aside MASSOB, the other groups include: Eastern Peoples Congress (EPC), Igbo Youth Cultural and Restoration Initiative (IYCRI), Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI), Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), Biafran National Liberation Council (BNLC), Biafran Revolutionary Organisation (BRO), Biafran Liberation Crusade (BLC), Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB), Biafra Revolutionary Force (BRF), Customary Government of Biafra (CGB), Biafran Central Council (BCC) and Biafran United Liberation Council (BULCO).
They made their position known in a statement signed by MASSOB’s leader, Uchenna Madu, Felix Anochirimonye for Eastern People’s Congress, Rita Anibuogu for Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria and Innocent Amadi for Bile Human Rights Initiative.
According to the statement, the celebration would commence on May 29 with a candlelight procession.
It reads, “A coalition of pro-Biafran groups which agreed to speak with one voice in one accord with a unity of purposes met and insisted on the earlier resolutions on 18th of April after our fifth monthly meeting that the annual May 30th celebration of the Biafran people will hold this year in a unique formula.
“This year’s anniversary will be celebrated by the people of Biafra, not as a pro-Biafra group. It is a mark of respect and honour to our father land; it is also a reminder to the visions and commandments of our great ancestors that we are not Nigerians but Biafrans.
“We enjoin our people to get ready for the celebration of this great anniversary which we will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self-determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration.”