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NIGERIA 8 Jun 2013 Secessionist organization calls for protest sit-in

The Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared a sit-at-home protest on Jun 8 to mourn

June 8, 2013 - NULL

NIGERIA 8 Jun 2013 Secessionist organization calls for protest sit-in

The Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared a sit-at-home protest on Jun 8 to mourn Igbo people who lost their lives to recent bombings, claimed by the Islamist Boko Haram, in the Northern part of the country. The Daily Post and other news media in Nigeria carried the declaration, which also declared Jun 8 as a Biafra Public Holiday. The declaration carries the rumblings of a new bid for secession for the mainly Christian and Igbo-dominated south eastern region

NIGERIA 8 Jun 2013 Secessionist organization calls for protest sit-in

The Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared a sit-at-home protest on Jun 8 to mourn Igbo people who lost their lives to recent bombings, claimed by the Islamist Boko Haram, in the Northern part of the country. The Daily Post and other news media in Nigeria carried the declaration, which also declared Jun 8 as a Biafra Public Holiday. The declaration carries the rumblings of a new bid for secession for the mainly Christian and Igbo-dominated south eastern region of Africa's most populous country.

Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra an independent nation on 30 May 1967, triggering a war that shocked the world for its ferocity and killed an estimated 1 million. Many died from hunger, making "Biafra" a byword for both the horror of civil war and of starvation.

Odumegwu-Ojukwu won both adulation and notoriety for attempting to lead his Igbo people into the eventually-aborted secession in a war that lasted from 6 Jul 1967 to 15 Jan 1970.

In the 46thh anniversary year of the start of the war, Nigeria is sizzling from deadly religious clashes, mainly in the northern cities. Nigeria is divided between the mainly Muslim north and mainly Christian south. The radical Islamist organization Boko Haram is fighting to impose Sharia law and Islamic education across the entire country, including in predominantly Christian areas. It is suspected of conducting deadly attacks on Christians, and the increased violence threatens to ignite a wider Muslim-Christian conflict in Nigeria. Africa Report notes notes that there are widespread fears Igbos could be targeted by the Islamic extremists.

MASSOB said in the declaration: "This sit-at-home exercise is 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." MASSOB mandated no movement of vehicles and persons and that all private and public places of businesses remain closed. It also banned weddings and funerals on the special day. The statement added that the deaths "must be avenged by actualizing Biafra, the only sure way of separating our people from blood sucking Northern environment. . . . Some drastic steps and actions must be taken and that shall commence from June 8, 2013.?

TAGS: protest sit-in, protest sit in, protest at-home sit in, Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Boko Haram, Islamist extremists, northern Nigeria, Nigeria, Africa, June 2013, Republic of Biafra, Sharia, education, secession, Biafra Civil War, bombings, Lieutenant-Colonel Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Igbo, Igbos, Ndigbo, civil war, Africa news

RELATED READING:

Boko Haram killings: MASSOB declares June 8 sit-at-home, demands Rev. King's release (Daily Post 26 Mar 2013)
http://dailypost.com.ng/2013/03/26/boko-haram-killings-massob-declares-june-8-sit-at-home-demands-rev-kings-release/

Biafra (Encyclopedia Britannica)
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/64289/Biafra

The Igbo secessionist leader remains an icon to his people (Africa Review 24 Jan 2012)
http://www.africareview.com/Special+Reports/The+Ojukwu+legend+lives/-/979182/1310808/-/u66qbyz/-/

Biafra: Thirty years on (BBC 13 Jan 2000)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/596712.stm

Rights group: Islamic rebels in Nigeria have killed 935 since 2009 (LA Times 24 Jan 2012)
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/01/north-nigerian-islamic-rebels-boko-haram-killed-935-since-2009-says-rights-group.html

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Date written/update: 2013-06-08