MEMBERS of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra on Tuesday held procession along major streets in Ikom, Cross River State to mark the 17th Anniversary of the pressure group.
About 200 members of the group, who came in from Ogoja, Ugep, Obubra, Obudu and Abi local government areas of the state, gathered at the Ikom Township Stadium before parading the streets chanting victory songs and the Biafran anthem.
The Zonal leader of MASSOB in Cross River State, Mr. Samuel Okah, who led the parade, said the event was to mark 17 years of peaceful struggle for the actualisation of a nation for the people of Biafra.
He said, “It has been 17 years of peaceful agitation by the people of Biafra, led by Chief Ralph Uwazurike, and we are making steady progress for the coming to fruition of our efforts. This is a clear demonstration of the fact that peaceful efforts could get more mileage than violence.”
Okah said Biafra had come to stay, adding that there was nothing anyone could do to stop the actualisation of the nation. “The earlier President Muhammadu Buhari allows the people, who are seeking self-rule to go, the better for the nation,” he said.
Okah warned that sending soldiers to the Niger Delta or the eastern part of the country will not end agitations. He said those seeking independence should be allowed to take their fate in their hands. The MASSOB leader said the group had predicted the current recession and hardship in the country years ago.
He said, “We in MASSOB do not know if there is anything like hardship or poverty in the land because we had prepared for it. We saw this coming and when our leader was telling the Nigerian government what was coming they did not listen. They knew that Nigeria was coming to an end.” – Punch
— Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:20 GMT