The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, does not seem tired of its struggle to “liberate” the people of the South-eastern part of Nigeria with its passionate bid, though declared illegal, to establish the republic of Biafra.
Despite arrests and detention of its members, the group has remained resolute in spite of the challenges the Igbos still face as consequences of the Civil War years back.
This time, the group says it has launched new Biafran currency, number plates for vehicles and drivers’ licence for the people of everyone in the South-east. It has also enacted an Income Tax regime for people of the zone, especially those it says are under its control.Mr. Charles Igbokwe, the MASSOB’s Information Coordinator for Onitsha, who spoke for the organisation’s leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, disclosed that the new Biafran vehicles, drivers’ licence and new currency were launched on Thursday in Owerri, the Imo State capital in the eastern part of Nigeria.
According to the organisation, the idea behind these developments was to further unify the people of the zone, work for peace and progress for the development of the zone. Moreover, Igbokwe said it was the right of every motorist, tricycle and motorcycle riders from the zone to get the vehicle licences and update them where the need arises.
“We also use the period of the registration exercise to call on all the traditional rulers and president generals of town unions to help educate their people on the need to get abreast with the new Biafran currency and other programmes,” he said adding that the Biafran currency is already in circulation in the zone and that it would soon be available to banks in the area.