Pro-Biafra agitators have called on the UN to step up action by granting freedom to Biafra.
The call was made in a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of Biafra and MASSOB’s 18th anniversary.
The statement urged the UN to stop the unending killings and brutal treatment meted out to people of the defunct eastern region by Nigerian government.
Voice of Ndigbo gathered that the statement was released and signed by Chief Samuel Ogubuike (Zonal Leader Okigwe), Ezeugo Kingsley (Elders Council, Okigwe), and Reverend Linus Iweanya (Elders Council, Okigwe).
Part of the statement read: “Beside the over two million people that were killed in the genocide that took place during the Nigeria/Biafran civil war, thousands of pro-Biafra agitators have been killed in Nigeria.
“More than 500 pro- Biafra agitators were massacred on March 29, 2003 in Okigwe while hundreds have been gruesomely murdered in various parts of Nigeria because of their stand that Biafra must be independent.
“MASSOB and BIM have been taking care of the families of those people killed in Okigwe and ex-Biafra soldiers who sustained injuries during the civil war without any compensation from government.
“It is all these unfair treatments to Biafrans that is fueling the endless agitation for freedom and we are calling on international organizations especially the United Nations to hasten up the process of Biafra independence.’’
Meanwhile, MASSOB has said that Igbo presidency is not its goal. The group was reacting to a statement by the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who said the party would guarantee the quest for an Igbo president on its platform.
MASSOB’s national director of information, Mr Sunday Okereafor, described Odigie-Oyegun’s statement as laughable. He stated that the Igbos were not interested in Nigeria’s presidency.