Events in Alaigbo on May 30, 2018, once more show that May 30 has become an official Igbo Remembrance Day not only in Alaigbo but throughout the entire world where Igbo citizens live. The BBC, Vanguard newspaper and other notable media organs report of high level compliance by Umuigbo to the call for SIT-AT-HOME by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
From London to Johannesburg, to several cities in Europe, Asia, America and Canada, the story is the same with various activities organized by Umuigbo and their friends to mark the occasion. Last year, on May 30, 2017, the entire Alaigbo was shut down; markets, shops, schools and offices closed while streets were deserted to mark the Remembrance Day.
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is fully aware that May 30 is a day in the history of Alaigbo, deeply rooted in the heart of our people and which nobody can wish away or ban by force of Law or prevent by force of arms. It is in the light of this that the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) has fully supported the observance of May 30, 2018 and activities lined out for the day by different Igbo organizations.
May 30 marks the day Biafra was declared in 1967 and no patriotic Igbo son or daughter can pretend that Biafra is not part of the history and indeed the major water-shed in the history of the Igbo nation.
If anyone is in doubt let him recall what happened on May 30, 2017 and what has happened this year, May 30 2018 when our sons and daughters under the aegis of IPOB and MASSOB declared a SIT-AT-HOME to commemorate Biafra Day as a historic day in the life of Ndigbo, while other pan-Igbo organizations organized other forms of memorial activities to mark the historic day. The total compliance of that call throughout the length and breadth of Alaigbo was not because pan-Igbo organizations had become their supreme authority. No! That call evoked intense yearning in the innermost recesses of their hearts and minds. Consequently, whosoever provoked the observance was welcome as a lover of the Igbo nation.
BIAFRA evokes intense longing for freedom for our people. Biafra is indeed more than a state of the mind. It is also a material force that moves our people. Why will Biafra not be in their mind? Why will Biafra not symbolize their longing for freedom, when their predicament since the Amalgamation in 1914 up to the Biafra Declaration on My 30, 1967 and ever since Biafra has been a continuous state of estrangement, brutal attacks and punitive measures against their spiritual, economic, political and physical survival?
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), therefore, proposes that we should turn May 30 every year to be observed as a REMEMBRANCE DAY – a day to remember our history, to review our successes and failures, to remember those who have died fighting for the Igbo cause and also think of our future. Thereafter, ADF shall make all necessary efforts to convince the Governments in Alaigbo, Igbo leaders, as well as the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other pan- Igbo organizations to accept May 30 as global IGBO DAY (or BIAFRA DAY) because it has greater significance to Ndigbo than 29th
May or 29th September.
PROF. T. UZODINMA NWALA PROF NATH ANIEKWU
ADF PRESIDENT ADF SECRETARY
COL. JUSTINO EZEOKE (Rtd)
ADF PUBLICITY SECRETARY