The group said Igbos irrespective of their locations should observe the day.
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has asked Igbos to observe a sit-at-home on June 8 to mourn Igbo’s allegedly killed in different parts of Nigeria especially in the North.
A statement signed by the regional administrators of MASSOB in Afikpo North and Afipko South in Ebonyi State, Uchenna Madu and Ogbonnaya Nnachi respectively, noted that June 8 has also been declared a Biafra public holiday to mark the event.
“This sit-at-home exercise was as a result of numerous killings of Ndigbo in Nigeria, mostly in the Northern Region; extra-judicial killings of our people in Biafra land; the wanton destruction of our people’s properties and the insensitive murder of six Igbos in June 8, 2004 at Apo village FCT, Abuja.
“June 8, 2013 as a day of mourning is set aside to remember and honour our innocent brothers/sisters, mothers, fathers and children who have been wickedly and callously killed, murdered and massacred by Islamic terrorist (Boko Haram), Nigerian Army, Police and other Islamist religious fundamentalists,” the leaders stated.
The MASSOB leaders urged Igbos, irrespective of their location, to observe the one-day sit-at-home from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., saying that it is a national duty for every Biafran, an honour to their fatherland, a special sacrifice offered for freedom, and a unique price paid for the world to know about their existence.
They announced that there shall be no movement of vehicles and persons and that all private/general motor parks, major/minor markets, shops, schools, air/seaports, public/business places and banks shall be closed even as there would be no marriage/burial ceremonies on that day.
“MASSOB declares that their deaths will never be in vein, it must be avenged by actualizing Biafra, the only sure way of separating our people from blood sucking Northern environment,” the statement noted.
The group stated that keeping quiet and making a lot of noise in the pages of Newspapers by some Igbo groups was not enough to salvage the deadly condition of Ndigbo in Arewa land, adding that some drastic steps and actions must be taken and that shall commence from June 8, 2013.
“As MASSOB Regional Administrators of Afikpo North and Afikpo South (Edda Central), we urge the people of Afikpo, Amasiri, Oso Edda, Nguzu Edda, Ekoli Edda, Akpoha, Unwanna, Emohim Item, Ishiagu and other communities in Igbo land to observe this sit-at-home exercise as a mark of respect for Biafra,” the statement added.