Social and Economic activities were put on hold in the makor cities of the Eastern Part of Nigeria, Anambra and Onitsha as the people of Biafra marked their 17th anniversary celebration on Monday.
Members of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Biafra (MASSOB) – Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) occupied major streets of Onitsha hoisting `Biafra’ flags.
Some members who came from Nnewi, Awkuzu, Ogidi, Nkpor and Aguleri were seen moving on foot, in cars, tricycles and motorcycles which greatly slowed down vehicle and human traffic.
Addressing the members, the Anambra North Zonal leader of MASSOB-BIM, Mr Vincent Iloh, reiterated the resolve of the group to sustain the agitation through peaceful means.
“It is exactly 17 years today; what we in MASSOB-BIM are still saying through non violence is for Biafrans to be granted independence from Nigeria.
“That was what our great hero and the Peoples General, late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu tried to do in 1967 but was misunderstood.
“This is what the new Biafran leader Chief Ralp Uwazurike has continued to say since 1999 without the use of force.
“Until the needful is done, we will not relent.
“We want Biafra because the resources of our land have been confiscated with military might to develop other areas while we are left to wallow in state of dispair”, Iloh said.
The army, police, navy and civil defence were on ground during the rally which lasted for several hours to forestall any breach of peace.