By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – THE Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State Biafra, MASSOB, Tuesday, directed Igbo residing in the Northern part of the country to use the month of August, 2017 to return to the Eastern part to beat the October 1 deadline quit notice given by the Arewa youths.
MASSOB National Information Officer, Mr. Samuel Edesonu said in a statement that the decision to urge Igbo people to come back home in August was taken at its national executive meeting presided over by the MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu.
According to Edesonu, August was chosen because of its significance in Igbo calendar as the period for new yam festival and women’s August meeting and charged the Igbo, especially women, to persuade their loved ones (husbands and children) to come home unfailingly.
MASSOB directed all the Eze Igbo in the 19 Northern states to commence immediately the compilation of names, residential addresses and villages/towns of all Igbo living in their respective northern cities where they led, advising that such data collation of the people should end by 10th of September 2017.
According to the statement, the Biafra Intelligence Agency had also been deployed to the Northern Nigeria to monitor the situation in all the cities.
The statement read:”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.
“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.
“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”.