Oct 31, 2012

Biafra: Group says no going back on Nov 5 declaration

Biafra Zionist Movement, BZM says there is no going back on the issue of re-declaration of Biafra on November 5 declaration, just as it condemned last Saturday's bombing of a Church in Kaduna.

Leader of the group, Mr. Ben Onwuka who addressed newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said that nothing should stop the campaign on that day "to re-affirm the sovereignty and independence of the Biafran people." "We are determined to make sure we get that Independence in order to provide security for our people; we are being killed on daily basis and there is no place in the world where a race was being targeted like the Igbo.

"Although, it is termed re-declaration, but we are standing firm on that mandate that was given to late Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu by the entire Biafran people on May 30, 1967 to declare the sovereignty of Biafran people. "That sovereignty is where we are standing because upon that, over three million of our people perished and died between 1967 and 1970.

"No matter the cost, I as the leader, I am aware of the dangers and obstacles ahead. By the grace of God, I am ready to face them for the liberation of our people and emancipate them from political and economic bondage, he stated. Onwuka condemned the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroun, pointing out that when Biafra was realized ,the Bakassi people would be given a chance through a referendum to decide whether to continue staying in Nigeria.

He condemned the bomb attack on a church in Kaduna on Sunday, which resulted in the death of about eight persons mostly Igbos and countless people that were injured and maimed.

"We are using this medium to convey our condolence message to those affected and assure them that we will be working very fast to end this circle of violence against our people and also assure Biafran's around the world that BZM will be coordinating our efforts with the International community to make sure that Biafra is realized, to be able to safeguard the lives of our people which is the fundamental obligation of every State.

He noted that the war which started about 42 years ago has not ended; "and its for all Biafrans wherever they may be; we want to set our people free; we want to have the economic opportunity to compete with the outside world. "We urge all Biafrans to come forward and support us in our campaign for Biafra Independence."