Enugu — Undeterred by the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), a pro-Biafra organisation yesterday in Enugu vowed to sustain the agitation for the rebirth of the Biafran Republic.
The BZF has also positioned itself for a possible showdown with the security agencies as it vowed to hoist the Biafran flag at the Enugu Government House on May 30, this year.
The self-acclaimed President of the Biafra Zionists, Mr. Benjamin Onwuka, told journalists in Enugu that the Coal City remained the headquarters of the Biafran Republic and therefore will be formally taken on the said date.
He also asked all indigenes of the defunct Biafra to return home on May 30th, 2018. This coincides with same date late Biafra Warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu had also declared a Republic of Biafra in 1967, which triggered the Nigeria-Biafra civil war. This is also as he gave the police a 48-hour ultimatum to release the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ibeto Group, Dr. Cletus Madubugwu Ibeto. He said failure to do so would attract severe consequences. Onwuka boasted: "From May 30, Nigeria's political activities will be banned in Biafra land. There will also be no more observance of Muslim festivities and holidays in Biafraland. No more Islamic calendars in Biafra land. Holidays for Muslim calendar should be for Muslims, Biafra is not a Muslim country.
"If they want to arrest me, I'm not afraid. I'm not calling on anybody to bring gun, our weapon is American diplomacy.
"So, I'm calling on Biafrans all over the world to return home come May 30; I'm not asking them to come with gun; our weapon, our gun will be America's diplomatic support for Biafra's independence.
"It is going to be at the Enugu Government House; Biafra will raise its flag there. It will not be in the secret, everybody will see it. "I'm making appeal to our people wherever they are to return home, I will not force anybody to come back home but they should heed this call, America is already behind us.
"Wherever Biafrans are in the world, we are calling on them to return home on May 30, 2018, for the Biafra independence. Biafra will be announced at Government House and celebrated at Okpara Square, in Enugu. On the Chairman of Ibeto Group, the Zionists leader said,
"It was only last Sunday that I learnt of his arrest and consequently, I am giving order that Ibeto, I want him released within the next 48 hours.
"His only offence has to do with the Nkalagu Cement, which they want to take over from Igbo people. He must be released immediately, else, the consequences will be drastic.
"Secondly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is being intimidated; that should stop immediately, nothing must happen to him. Those collecting signatures for his recall must be very careful," he warned.