The National leadership of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) under Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, has asked governors from the old Eastern region to declare every May 30 as public holiday to mark Biafra Day in remembrance of fallen Biafran heroes.
This was contained in a press release co-signed by OYC National President, Comrade Igboayaka .O. Igboayaka, and its National Secretary General, Dr. Gift Nwanaga.
The call followed after an analysis of the incidents that led to the conceptualization of the May 30th day commemoration and resolved that it is time to take a holistic step towards the economic development of Igboland.
In view of this, OYC, arrived at various resolutions viz:
- The leadership of OYC, is demanding that all the Igbo governors of Old Eastern Region should declare every 30th May public holiday.
- That May 30th should not only be seen as a day we should literarily observe the “sit-at-home order”, rather in honour of Biafran fallen heroes who died during the Nigeria/ Britain genocide against Eastern Nigeria people, it should also be a day set aside to have creative discussions and lecture sessions to continuously design possible ways for economic development of Igbo land and Political Survival of Umuigbo
Ohanaeze Youth Council, thereby, calls on governors of Old Eastern Region to adopt the May 30th as a special Commemoration day for Biafra’s past heroes.
The Council also called on Senators, House of Representatives members of Old Eastern extraction as well as the state Houses of Assembly to join in the movement to institutionalize May 30th as mourning day and a meeting point to discuss how the survival of the genocide against Easterners will make a genuine living.
The statement states further:
“We, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), knowing that Ndigbo was the major target of the 1967-70 Nigeria/ Britain led genocide, therefore, Ndigbo should be at forefront of 30th May Remembrance of Igbo Fallen Heroes.
“The Council knowing that Ndigbo are the largest African Race with the total population strength of 42.8% of the Nigeria population therefore, accept and adopt the 30th day of May, as Commemoration Day of Biafran Heroes
“That May 30th day commemoration should create room for a meeting point for all Igbos both home and abroad to discuss fundamental issues for a wider economic empowerment of Igbo Youths.
“The Council is using this opportunity to call on the Igbo technocrats outside Igboland to use May 30th, to locate home and offer their professional services to the socio-political and economic development of Igboland and to identify the bane of Southeast development with a view to ending the plethora of challenges facing our people.”
The Council advised pro-Biafran groups — Movement for the actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), IPOB, Zonist, Biafra National Council, Eastern People Congress, Movement of Biafra In Nigeria, Biafra National League — to work with political actors of Igbo extraction, governors, senators and Others to make 30th May Heroes Day naturally accepted by Eastern people like how the Yoruba’s institutionalized June 12.
The Council also advised governors of Igbo extraction and pro-Biafran groups to shun any threatening comments and action that could lead to tension in the states of Igbo extraction.
It expressed regrets over the kind of tension existing in some states, saying it is as a result of unguided statement of Governors and some pro-Biafra groups.
“To quench this regular tension in Igbo land in every 30th May, the Igbo political leaders, religion leaders, traditional leaders and Pro-Biafran leaders must work in signage and ensure that 30th May become a memorable day of ” Intellectual Discussion in honor of Biafran Fallen Heroes and a day of economic cum Socio-political planning for the survival of Ndigbo in this Contraption called Nigeria”,” the statement concluded.