From Judex Okoro, Calabar
Leader of the Cross River State sector of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Samuel Okah, has appealed to security agencies not to arrest or kill their members on May 22, 2017, when the group will mark its Independence Day.
Making the appeal during a rally to kick off activities for the annual celebration at Ikom, Okah said the event will climax with a grand football match with Bayelsa State wing on May 22, which is the final day of the celebration.
He disclosed that some of their members still have outstanding courts cases occasioned by police action against them while they engaged in peaceful activities.
“We call on security agencies not to engage in any show of force by killing members of MASSOB while celebrating Biafra Day because it is a peaceful event to honour Dim Odemegwu Ojukwu who, on May 30, 1967 declared Biafra Independence to free his people from the yoke of bondage.
“The celebration of May 22 started when Chief Ralph Uwazurike, MASSOB leader, in pursuit of a non-violent struggle for the actualisation of the Biafra nation, declared the Biafra Independence Day on that date in 2000.
“Since, members of MASSOB have been engaging in peaceful struggle for the actualisation of Biafra independence and so, it is instructive that we should be allowed to do our thing without any form of violence from the police or any other security outfit.” He urged members not to panic but stay away from work or close their businesses except those who want to join in the celebration which only involves marches around the state.
He said: “We will be carrying our flags and marching in some areas like we are doing now which does not disturb office work or closure of businesses except those who want to join us and as such anybody is free to join us.”