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50 Years of Biafra: Problems that caused 1967 declaration yet to be resolved — I gbo leaders

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•MASSOB to distribute food items, display farm produce

By Emeka Mamah &Ugochukwu Alaribe

Enugu —AS Nigerians mark the 50 years of Biafra, Igbo leaders are regretting that the problems which led to the declaration of the defunct republic in 1967 are yet to be resolved as the political and economic marginalisation of Ndigbo had become worse under the current All Progressives Congress, APC- led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

•Agitators of new Biafra during a rally

They also passed a vote of no confidence on the Buhari administration which they said had exacerbated their sufferings in the Nigerian union.

Igbo leaders further expressed worry over the defection of top politicians from the area to the APC despite the poor treatment of the South East geopolitical zone by the Federal Government.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo who  spoke about the orchestrated marginalisation of Ndigbo in the scheme of things at a recent news conference in Enugu expressed worry that many top Igbo politicians were defecting to APC, without reaching any agreement with the party leaders on how to get their own fair share of the national cake from the ruling Federal Government.

Nwodo blamed the prolonged agitations for Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and MASSOB and other Igbo youths on the marginalisation of Ndigbo in all aspects of governance.

The founder of Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, said that there was not much to say as the situation was “too grim.”

He said that the yardstick for measuring the development of any society was through the youths, adding, “You need no other barometer to the feel the pulse of the people judging by their feeling of despair. They youths are so despondent that they are now asking to be allowed to opt out of the country. I do not need to say anything further.”

Also speaking, the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, said that without restructuring, nothing would work in the country.

MASSOB to distribute food items, display farm produce

In Aba, Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB,said that it has concluded arrangements to release food from its farms in the city to feed the people during Biafra’s anniversary celebration.

The group who stated that food would be distributed to residents as they march through the city, enjoined the people of Biafra to come out and celebrate the anniversary of the new Biafra.

Briefing the media in Aba on the activities lined up for celebration, MASSOB’s Director for Agriculture, Abia South zone, Mazi Chinatu Alozie, who said the event will feature exhibition of assorted agricultural products produced by the group, added that the new Biafra being championed by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike would be a nation where food, technology and skill acquisition would be exported to other countries of the world.

According to him, “As part of our Biafra Day celebration, we have concluded arrangements to feed the people who will come to celebrate with us on May 22. MASSOB/BIM has farms in all parts of Abia State. Our farm stores filled with assorted foods. There will also be a display of our farm products. We will show our sufficiency in food production using Biafra technology. This is to prove to the world that Biafra will be independent in all things. Biafra will be exporting food to the world.”

He urged the people of Biafra to be steadfast, engage in agriculture to boost food production and warned against idleness, stressing that the actualization of an independent state of Biafra is at hand.

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