Anambra state Government has declared Monday, January 12 a public holiday. This was in response to several agitations by groups and well-meaning people of the South East to give a befitting burial to all Biafra soldiers and civilians who died as a result of the brutal civil war that claimed millions of lives, including women and innocent children most of them victims of malnutrition popularly known as Kwashiorkor during the 30 month war.
A few years ago several groups like MASSOB, Biafran Zionist Movement and individuals had clamored for a befitting burial to be given to all the dead whose families could not afford such rites in line with the Igbo and African belief.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano said that the holiday would be observed as a response to several agitations by well-meaning groups and people of the state to observe a day burial for the civil war heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice with their lives.
The final burial which is expected to take place at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka would commence with a non-denomination service.
Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, Ogirishigbo and founder, Rojenny Tourist Village, Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state emphasised the need for the final burial rites to the fallen Biafrans. He described the plans by the state government to observe January 12 as a public holiday as a welcomed development.
According to him, “some of the atrocities carried out by the youths like armed robbery and Kidnapping are as a result of the wandering spirits of the departed Biafrans whose souls have not yet rested in Peace”.
He stated that with the final burial, progress and peace would soon return to many families in Anambra state. -DailyTimes