The leader of the new Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) that metamorphosed from the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike on Monday announced the indefinite postponement of the proposed prayer, fasting and national election to determine the leaders of the impending country.
Uwazuruike told journalists in Owerri that the sudden shift in the date of the prayer session and election, which more than 100 clergymen from the south-east and south-south were expected, was to enable BIM (MASSOB) make adequate consultation.
“We have to make adequate consultations and preparation well before the next date for the event will be made public’’, he said.
It was gathered that MASSOB had earlier announced that it would hold a three-day prayer and fasting session beginning from Jan.12, ahead of the February 22, 2016 elections billed for Ikemba Ojukwu Memorial Library in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
It was further gathered that a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Aniebonam, was named the chairman of the electoral body.
But in a sudden turn of event, Uwazuruike said the exercise have been put on hold as leaders of MASSOB would check the pros and cons before a new date for both the prayers and elections into various office would be made public..
It was gathered that the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Asari Dokubo, and Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, the founder of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, were expected to be in Owerri, for the event.
Uwazuruike, who recently rebranded MASSOB to Biafra Independence Movement (BIM), regretted the inconvenience the sudden change in date would cause members of the group and guests.
According to Uwazuruike, the theme of the prayer titled: “Give us Biafra”, still remains, while Apostle Gregory Ashieg¬bu will still be the anchor for the prayer.
Uwazuruike told reporters that the election into BIM positions wouldbe different from elections recently conducted in Nigeria, saying “it will be an open ballot system unlike Nigeria’s closed ballot system.’’