- MASSOB warns that the current economic crisis ravaging Nigeria has a divine connotation
- Says until Biafran people are granted freedom, things will continue to go wrong in Nigeria
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has warned that the current economic hardship sweeping across Nigeria will continue until Biafran people are granted freedom.
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The Owerri zonal leader of MASSOB, Chief Canice Anujuru, gave the warning during a news conference in Owerri, to mark the 17th anniversary of the birth of MASSOB, Vanguard reports.
The MASSOB leader who ascribed the current economic crisis in Nigeria to divine connotation said “until Biafran people are granted freedom, things will continue to go wrong in Nigeria”.
In a related development, MASSOB has said the three-year Nigerian civil war did not address the issues bedeviling the country.
The Abia state MASSOB-BIM zonal information director, Anselm Ogbonna, told reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, that even after the civil war ended, several issues which prompted the war had not yet been addressed.
He said: "May 30, 1967 (Biafra declaration date) and September 13, 1999 (Biafra resuscitation date through nonviolence, non-exodus struggle) are the two major dates which are very vital in the history of Biafra.
After the declarations of ‘no victor, no vanquish’ by (the then Head of State) General Yakubu Gowon on January 1, 1970, Biafra and Nigeria began existing as a nation under one Nigeria. Still, those problems of marginalisation, unprovoked massacre, inequality, injustice, among others, are still strong against the Ndigbo in Nigeria.
“This struggle will be 17 years on September 13. MASSOB wishes to celebrate the 17th year anniversary of its existence through non-violence.
“MASSOB wants to use the anniversary to tell the world that we are the Biafra drum beaters. We are the beams that produce the light for others to follow."
Meanwhile, Ralph Uwazuruike, the founder of MASSOB has announced plans to celebrate 17 years of non-violent agitation for independence of Biafra.
The celebrations will take place in all the senatorial districts including south-east and Niger Delta areas on Tuesday, September 13.
The movement offers to celebrate the significant date with a non-denominational church service in the morning and a peaceful rally.