[MASSOB]–Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB), has backed out of the celebration slated for Monday, May 22.
In a similar occurence, the group has also disowned its founder, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, as well as cautioned that it was not affiliated to any group called Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).
Mr. Uchenna Madu, who claimed to be the leader of MASSOB, has however directed their members to shun the May 22 celebration and instead prepare themselves for the main event slated for May 30, which is Biafra Remembrance Day.
He said that MASSOB declared support for sit at home exercise for all Biafrans on 30th May, 2017 as a mark of respect and honour to Biafran soldiers and civilians that sacrificed their lives for the establishment of Biafra during the war of 1967–1970.
In his words, “we don’t have any Biafra anniversary program on 22 May, 2017.
“MASSOB also reiterates our earlier position that we are not attached to any group called Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).
“MASSOB is not BIM, also the so called BIM can never be MASSOB. MASSOB collaborates and work with other genuine pro -Biafra groups like IPOB, Lower Niger Congress, Eastern Peoples Congress, Biafra Peoples National Council, Joint Revolutionary Council and AFRA Descendants.
“The people of Biafra should disregard the false information that MASSOB will observe Biafra day on May 22, 2017,
“The golden jubilee celebration of Biafra declaration anniversary will be golden and superlative. It will be a moment of sober reflection among the Biafra agitators.
“We are aware that Nigeria security agents are not comfortable about the coming anniversary. MASSOB is also aware that security agents will exhibit their jittery and fears mostly the overzealous ones that love operating the trigger in a cowardice manner against non violence Biafra agitators.
“The threat and presence of Nigeria security agents will not deter us from exercising our fundamental indigenous right,” he assured.
It should be noted that Mr Samuel Okah, the MASSOB leader in Cross River State had said that the organisation has kicked off activities for the annual celebration with a rally which he said would climax with a grand football match with the Bayelsa State wing of the movement on the 22nd of May, which is the final day of the celebration.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg