The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that May 31 should be observed as a public holiday.
The group said this is to mark the 2021 Biafra Day.
MASSOB Leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement said this year’s anniversary is unique and special because it falls on a Sunday.
Madu said that Biafra was declared on May 30, 1967, by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
He said the date is sacrosanct and sacred to the history and lives of the Biafra Republic, adding that the ordinances Ojukwu laid must be adhered to.
MASSOB, therefore, directed “all the churches in Biafra land” to observe special prayers and supplication for the fallen Biafra heroes during the civil war.
Madu urged religious and church leaders to “stop praying for the betterment of the Islamic Republic of Nigeria”.
“There will be movements and normal social activities on May 30th being Sunday because of Christian worship but there will be a sit at home exercise on May 31st being Monday for the people of Biafra as a mark of a solidarity and honour to the Biafra land.”
MASSOB further directed all markets, schools, banks and all other public offices, “in Biafra land to observe the sit-at-home exercise as a mark of respect for our fatherland.”
“In the spirit of brotherhood and Biafranism, MASSOB and other pro-Biafra organizations have unanimously agreed and resolved to jointly observe, commemorate and celebrate together”, the statement added.
Madu enjoined the people to get ready for “the celebration of this great anniversary which will hold to remind ourselves to continue the self-determination movement for Biafra actualization and restoration”.