Biafra agitators with Biafra colours and flag         Photo: Twitter

By Victor Ernest

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The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has declared May 22 as Biafra Independence Day.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the leader of the group, Delta-Central, Perry Akujinwa, the Independence Day celebration will last for seven days (May 22 – May 29, 2017).

”The defunct Biafra was declared by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu on May 30, 1967 and ended 1970. The new Biafra was declared on May 22, 2000 by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike,” the group statement explained.

The celebration

Akujinwa urged all the Igbos all over the world to join in the celebration, assuring that the exercise throughout the period would be peaceful and violent free.

He also appealed to security agencies in the country to allow its members observe the day without harassment or any form of intimidation.

According to the group statement, this year’s celebration would have activities like talk show, peace walk, and other activities which would highlight the importance of allowing Biafra to be a sovereign state.

”We want to show the whole world that Biafra remains unchangeable and unshakable. This year’s celebration is the first of its kind because there are a lot of changes.”

The group insisted that the Igbos were no longer comfortable with the ”Unholy marriage” which it said has hindered the progress and innovations of the region.