August 26 2004
"This changes everything...!"
With the above announcement, the fortunes of Biafra would be reversed for the better in one day, on that memorable day of August 26, Thursday, in the year, 2004.
"...On August 26, 2004, the Igbo, in its Biafran agenda, finally reminded Nigeria why the Igbo are so envied and so feared. After all, is it not such fear that drives the open and determined anti-Igbo and anti-Biafran policies of Nigeria today? August 26 reminded everyone that the Igbo and all Biafrans can act as one, in unity, regardless of the penalty, with decisive and stunning, if not devastating, effectiveness.
On August 26, Biafrans gave notice to Nigeria that Biafrans want Biafra, not Nigeria. Biafrans reminded Nigeria that they are Biafrans, not Nigerians. Biafrans on that day sent a clear message to Nigeria that Biafrans will do whatever is necessary, whenever called upon, to assert their Biafra-ness. In a dramatic way, Biafrans corrected Nigerians in their previous erroneous thinking by making it clear that it is only Biafrans who are in control of the destiny of Biafra. It is the same message that Biafra sent out to the world at large on and by August 26.
August 26 showed who is not in charge in Biafraland: no, the Nigerian-PDP appointed state-puppet governors are not in charge, nor are their effete administrations. The Nigerian Police has committed every crime imaginable against MASSOB and against all Biafrans while occupying Biafraland: yes, they occupy Biafraland by force, but the Nigerian Police is not in charge of Biafra and not in charge in Biafra.
August 26 was functionally a referendum. Igbo people and other Biafrans said that they support MASSOB and their leadership and Ralph Uwazurike as their leader. Igbo people and other Biafrans adopt and support the non-violent agenda of Biafra actualization being pursued by MASSOB on their behalf. All Biafrans are ready to act in unison to actualize Biafra.
August 26 is eternal. The events of that day and the implications thereof have become etched in the spirit, the soul, the psyche and the persona of the Biafra Nation and its Biafran people. Everyday in the life of a Biafran is now August 26.
2004 has in fact proved to be the year of the rediscovery of the Biafra identity. Judging by August 26, Biafrans surprised even themselves by how deep they are rooted in "Biafranism," and how committed they are to actualizing Biafra..."
"...In the days leading to, and just prior to, August 26, the Nigerian Police flooded Biafraland with armed personnel and propaganda, ordering people not to obey the sit-at-home call. A few state governors in Biafraland lent their voice, asking the citizens not to comply with the sit-in. Some one-Nigerian Igbo persons even used the argument that such an action could scuttle the chances of the Presidency of Nigeria going to an Igbo come 2007. Others called MASSOB a "fringe" organization, and questioned the qualifications of Ralph Uwazurike to lead the Igbo in such an act.
Then, August 26 came around, and what a stunning victory for MASSOB/BLF, its leadership, Ralph Uwazurike, and most of all, for all Igbo and Biafrans. On that day, compliance with the stay-at-home civil disobedience act was complete--yes, total--in all of Biafraland. The entire region was shut down. In Lagos and many major cities of Northern Nigeria where Igbo-Biafrans provide commercial and other services, business was reported paralyzed, almost crippled. No one, perhaps, not even Ralph Uwazurike himself, had anticipated the completeness of the response..."
From: Biafra Foundation [email@example.com]
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SALUTE TO BIAFRANS, MASSOB AND ITS LEADERSHIP.
Biafrans and Biafran sympathizers in Cotonu, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, United States, Holland, England, Spain, Germany, and Australia and several other countries and cities of the world participated in different ways.
REPORT FROM YOLA ADAMAWA STATE
Well Done Biafran compatriots the Stay-At-Home order was a huge success generally.We in Yola complied fully with the order more especially traders along Mohammed Mustapha way and some civil servants.Though the Yola main market did not close because most of the traders are indigines who are largely Fudalists. However most of the Biafran indigens in the Yola main Market observed the stay at home order.
We are delighted on the action so that the Hausa-Fulani-Yoruba Fudalists will know that Biafrans cannot always be bought with money.
Long Live The Christian Democratic Republic Of Biafra.
God Bless You All
Biafra woriors thanx alot for yuor tireless effort to actualise sovereign state of Biafra. There was no market yesterday throughtout Eastern regionof Biafra.keep it on we era proud of you guys, never mind what ignorant people say.
In the Bible during the time of Nuar,when Nuar was building the ark, people thought the he was stupid,untill i untill it was over. so when it is over, the unsophisticated people will cry.
Uche from Federal Republic of Biafra ,thanx
Subject: "THERESULT OF OUR SIT- AT- HOME"
To you all, Biafrans, young and old, those at home and those abroad, fellow Jews in Israel, America, Great Britain even at France. I thank you all especially members of Biafra Foundation, Ekwenche and to all Great Massobians all over the world. God our Father bless you all, Amen.
May I gladly and excitedly inform you all from my own report that the “SIT-AT-HOME – EXERCISE” programmed by the authority of Massob on Thursday being 26th August 2004 was “ ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY PRECENT” (150%) observed by Biafrans all over Egypt – called and addressed as Nigeria which has been by false. This event forced the entire so called Nigerians to join, as the Easterners observed in totality. It was successful in observation and in compliance.
We want the world to know that we willingness to sacrifice for the actualization of Biafra State where we’ll not be oppressed, deprived, denied and intimidated and kill at will and deprived at will, a place for the free world of speech and free from fraud and corruption, which has been instituted and legalized in Nigeria, further more a place where the house of our God will not be pulled down at will and worshippers young and old killed at will.
Beloved Biafrans and Great Massobians, thank you all and out great fearless, humble, intelligent Chief (Dr) Ralph Uwazuruike with his able wife Chief Lolo Ngozi Uwazuruike and our Biafran father Dim Ojukwu, my thanks goes to members, staff of VOBI and Biafra Foundation even to President Bush of America and his Government.
Let the peace of God be with you all till the ay we’ll sing in Biafraland which will be soon.
I want to hear, for we are moving fine in Mobilization and the people are willing to go.
DR RALPH UWAZURIKE
On behalf of Biafran Artist and Biafran Student, I wish to send my tribute to a great man, a man of vision, and a hero in the person of CHIEF DR. RAPH UWAZURIKE the leader of Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) for a successful and peaceful call.
We the Biafran Artist in collaboration with Biafran Student send you congratulatory message.
Rejoice Oh BIAFRANS!!!!!!!!! FOR YOUR DAY IS HERE
LONG LIVE UWAZURIKE
LONG LIVE MASSOB
LONG LIVE BIAFRAN STUDENT
LONG LIVE BIAFRAN ARTIST
LONG LIVE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 7:00 PM
Subject: application for membership
...@hotmail.com wrote:Dear Comrade,
The sit-down protest continues today, even in the Rivers State.
Voiceof Biafra Internation (VOBI) Broadcasts SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
People of the Sovereign Nation of Biafra, we are overwhelmed with joy because of your courageous and stellar performance on August 26 in response to our call for stay-at-home. We shower you with praises, because, clearly, you deserve it.
We express our gratitude to MASSOB/BLF: membership and leadership; we uplift the name and person of Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of MASSOB. We commend the efforts of Biafra Foundation (BF), Biafra Actualization Forum (BAF) and other committed pro-Biafran groups and also, supportive individuals.
Yes, of course, we thank God; but we are also given to understand that God has looked upon you with Divine favor; God Himself is thanking all of you, His children of Biafra, for validating and proving His Word and His Work, and for answering to the call, on faith alone, to follow His Plan for Biafra actualization and the liberation of His Children of Biafra. Keep the faith; remain blessed; and remain ready for more!
Nke a bu ekwe na ogene na olu oti mmkpu Biafra:. Ge e unu nti!
Obi di anyi uto nke ukwu u maka nnukwu oru nde Biafra ru ru na ubochi August 26, ubochi anyi siri nde Biafra no du na ulo ha
Anyi ekele unu nye kwa unu ugwu nke ukwu u. Anyi na kwa ekele ndi MASSOB / BLF na ndi otu ha na ndi isi ha, na kwa ekele onye isi MASSOB, Ralph Uwazurike.
Anyi na eto Chukwu; ma na mmuo anyi na agwa anyi si na Chineke anyi na onwe Ya na ekele anyi, ndi umu Ya nde Biafra maka na ubochi August 26, anyi me re Chineke mma. Ngozi na ike Chukwu no nyere la anyi na oge na ile; jikere kwa unu ma ka oge na abia!
August 26 is eternal....