The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has declared August of 2017 as a date for the mass return of all Igbo indigenes living in the north.
The group said the declaration was to help Igbo indigenes beat the October 1st deadline given to them by the Arewa youths.
A press release by the group’s Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edesonu, stated that the decision was reached at its National Executive meeting which was presided by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu.
Edesonu said part of the reason it chose August was because it was a time when activities were rife in Igboland, including new yam festivals and the women’s August meeting, and that Ndigbo living in the north can take advantage of the activities to relocate their families back home.
It said, “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 beckon on Biafrans living in Arewa land to intensify all their efforts in relocating their families back home.
“MASSOB also mandates all married Igbo women living in Northern Nigeria to start speaking to their husbands on the dangers of staying in Arewa land which no longer guaranteed their safety. They should also intensify their pressures on their husbands concerning the Mass return in August.”
MASSOB said part of its strategy to ensure compliance was to get all Eze-Ndigbo in 19 Northern States to immediately commence the compilation of the names, residential addresses, villages and towns of all Igbo indigenes living in the respective northern cities where they lead.
It said MASSOB secret security, Biafra Intelligence Agency (BIA) are already in northern Nigeria monitoring the exercise, and that after the September 10th deadline for the compilation, MASSOB will embark on investigation of all the Eze Ndigbo in northern cities to ascertain their level of participation in the order.