-ENUGU— A prominent pan-Igbo organization, the Alaigbo Development Foundation,
-ADF, has urged Ndigbo, churches, government parastatals, town hall unions and other relevant bodies to designate May 30 of every year as the Igbo national day in honour and remembrance of victims of pro-independence war that broke out in 1967.
-ADF, in a press statement tagged “May 30 As Igbo National/Biafra Remembrance Day,” and jointly signed by its President, Prof. Uzodinma Nwala and Secretary, Prof. Nath Aniekwu,
the Igbo think tank group, said Ndigbo should not bother whether the Nigerian Government agrees with its yearnings to set apart May 30 as its national day, but should be observed as a symbol of national consciousness, unity and solidarity.
The Igbo group said the mode of celebration of the remembrance day would be determined accordingly through public lectures, rallies, symposia, sit-at-home exercises and other civil methods, urging the public, government and relevant stakeholders to honor the endorsement.
Part of the statement read, “ADF is aware that several groups, organizations and individuals have annually been celebrating this auspicious day in our history as a Remembrance Day in one form or the other.
Many religious groups and several Pan-Igbo organizations, including Pro-Biafra organizations such as Ekwenche, MASSOB, IPOB, Coalition of Pro-Biafra Groups, etc, have been celebrating this for some years.
“ADF is of the view we as a people should collectively do this in remembrance and honor of the millions of our brothers and sisters who died for our sake, as well in honor of several nationalities and their Governments, Churches, Humanitarian Organizations and heroic individuals including those who burnt themselves for the sake of our liberty, we should hold May 30 as a Solemn Day in our history.
We do this also for the sake of our National Consciousness, Solidarity and Unity as well as for our unity with all our neighbors who suffered with us and still believe in the unity and progress of our region.
By Chukwuemeka Chimerue