The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Biafra (MASSOB) says it has directed all the Eze Igbo in the 19 Northern states to immediately commence compilation of names, residential addresses and villages/towns of all Igbo living in the cities where they lead.
The group has also called on all Ndigbo sons and daughters living in northern Nigeria to return home in August ahead of the October 1 deadline quit notice issued to them by a coalition of Arewa youths.
The Arewa coalition had issued the notice calling for Igbos to leave the northern region of the country by October 1, an action that has drawn ire from different parts of the country, and has created a lot of tension in the polity.
Over the weekend, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) met with the northern coalition with a view to charting a common course for peaceful co-existence of the two groups in that region, as well as other parts of the country.
But MASSOB in a statement issued Tuesday by it National Information Officer, Mr. Samuel Edesonu asked all Igbos living in the Northern part of the country to use the month of August, 2017 to return to the Eastern part.
It also stated that the requested data on Igbos in the north should be compiled by September 10, 2017.
The statement read in part, ”In continuation of our earlier stand and position on the quit notice to the people of Biafra by Arewa people, which will elapse on Oct 1st, MASSOB insists and beckons on Biafrans living in Arewa land to intensify efforts in relocating their families back home”.
It also noted that the August date was chosen, because of its significance in Igbo calendar as the period for new yam festival and women’s August meeting.
“MASSOB has resolved that the month of August being a significant month of special festivals of Iri ji (New yam festival) and Women August meeting in Igbo land, should be a special month of mass return for all Igbo living in Northern Nigeria.
“MASSOB also mandates all married Igbo women living in Northern Nigeria to start intimating their husbands about the dangers of staying in Arewa land which no longer guarantees their safety. They should also intensify their pressure on their husbands concerning the mass return next month”.
The group further said the Biafra Intelligence Agency had also been deployed to Northern Nigeria to monitor the situation in all the cities, adding, that “After the September 10th deadline for this compilation, MASSOB will embark on investigation of all the Eze Ndigbo in northern cities to ascertain their level of participation in this ancestral order.
“MASSOB urges the Eze Ndigbo in northern cities to carry out this compilation of our kinsmen data as a native and ancestry exercise and we appeal to them not to betray this act of nobility because of their individual interests or favors from Hausa Fulani.
“MASSOB under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu will continue undeterred in nonviolence pursuant of Biafra actualization and restoration”, it stated.
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