The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State Biafra (MASSOB), has declared next month as mass return for Igbo in the North.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the group which was signed by its National Information Officer, Samuel Edesonu, in Awka, Anambra State capital but made available to reporters.
In it the group stated that the decision was taken during the national executive meeting of MASSOB, led by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu.
MASSOB said August was chosen because of its significance in the Igbo calendar which embraced new yam festival and women’s August meeting.
According to the statement, “the Eze Ndigbo in 19 Northern States should commence the compilation of names, residential addresses and villages/towns of all Igbo living in their respective northern cities where they led as Eze Ndigbo”
The statement further added that such data collation of the people should end on 10th of September 2017.
MASSOB, said that Biafra Intelligence agency had been deployed to the northern Nigeria for monitoring of the situation.
The statement read in parts, “The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) after our National Executive meeting that was presided by our leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu resolved as follows”
“That in continuation of our earlier stand and position on the quit notice order 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”
“That MASSOB have resolved that the month of August being a significant month of special festivals of Iri ji (New yam) and Women August meeting in Igbo land, MASSOB have declared this the month of August 2017, a special month of mass return for all Igbos living in Northern Nigeria”
“That MASSOB also mandated all married Igbo women living in Northern Nigeria to start intimating their husbands about the dangers of staying in Arewa land which no longer guaranteed their safeties”
“They should also intensify their pressure on their husbands concerning the Mass return in this next month”
“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 levels of participation in this ancestral order”
“That MASSOB urge the Eze Ndigbo in northern cities to carry out this compilation of our kinsmen data as a native and ancestry exercise. We appeal to them not to betray this acts of nobility because of their individual’s interest or favor from Hausa Fulani”
“That MASSOB under the leadership of Comrade Uchenna Madu will continue undeterred in nonviolence pursuant of Biafra actualization and restoration” MASSOB said yesterday.