The arrowhead of the Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has tasked the United Nations, to avoid playing double standards on the issue of Biafra independence.
Uwazuruike, who gave the advice via a press statement signed by his Director of Information and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mazi Chris Anierobi Mocha, also maintained that “the struggle for independence from Nigeria, is still on course”.
His words: “This press statement is in commemoration of the 23rd year of the historic re-declaration of the New Biafra at Faulks Road, Aba, Abia State, on May 22, 2000.
“The 2023 Biafra Day celebration is in line with our non-violence principle towards the carving out of Biafra as a separate, and independent state, from Nigeria.
“According to world history, there was no revolutionary struggle, no matter how long it took, ever failed to achieve its goals and objectives.”
Uwazuruike admitted that starting a revolution, as he did 23 years ago, at Faulks Road, Aba, was “the most trying times and difficult decision anyone could take in his lifetime”.
He said: “I did it and carried the cross for the sake of the oppressed and marginalized people of Biafra.”
He listed some of the activities lined up for this year’s anniversary, including, bringing the attention of the Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organizations, UNPO, and other United Nations bodies, to the fact that Biafran’s struggle for independence from Nigeria was still on course.
While recalling that the United Nations had in recent years, accorded recognition to some nations in Europe with smaller populations, he tasked the world body to avoid playing double standard on the issue of Biafra.
He said: “Free Biafra from Nigeria, by doing the needful, according to your own laid down principles on self-determination.”
On why he chose May 22, every year as Biafra Day, as against May 30, Uwazuruike explained that what he re-declared at Aba on May 22nd, 2000 ( 23 years ago) was a New Biafra.
His words: “The name, New Biafra, was derived from the fact that the Biafra of today, is different from the Biafra of 1967.
“The Biafra of 1967, was characterized by violence, which led to the loss of about three million lives, while the New Biafra, which I started on September 13, 1999, and submitted the Bill of Rights to United Nations on November 1, 1999, was built on Non-violence and Non- exodus philosophy.
“Former Biafra, led by Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, was discontinued after about three years of war, 1967 -1970, while the New Biafra, is a continuation of the former, with a new method, new concept and new ideology.”