In the press release forwarded to the BVI Channel 1 online and personally signed by the Administrator of the Customary Government of Biafra-Engr Anthony Aniebue;the release reads in full ‘The attention of the Customary Government of Biafra has been drawn to the recent upsurge in defying places and articles of religious belief by some religious fanatics masquerading as Biafrans.
The Customary Government of Biafra wishes to make it abundantly clear that it is the biggest act of irresponsibility for anybody, be him/her a Biafran or not to descend so low as to desecrat other people’s places or articles of worship.
We have notice recently the news on social media where some people from Biafra land are reported to have burnt or are burning down places of traditional religious worshippers or the much referred Christian Holy Book, the Bible.
This is highly condemnable, and the Customary Government hereby request that the law enforcement agents should go after such individuals, for this act which is likely to instigate social/religious disharmony in Biafra land. This act is a clear violation of the constitution and Law of the land which is firm against religious intolerance, and which supports citizen’s freedom of worship and association.
The Customary Government is of the view that individuals should be allowed their right to choose their religious belief while also allowing others their rights to do so without any form of intimidation or coercion.
Destruction of other people’s communal edifices in places of worship is very ignoble and also is a denial of people’s right to own traditional antique and artifacts.
Burning the Christian Holy Book, the Bible can be regarded as highest form of ignorance and can only come from mentally disorganized mind.
The Customary Government of Biafra wishes to state that the Biafra of our dream is a society that is filled with high level of religious tolerance, where citizen’s right to religion should not be interfered with by the state nor any other citizens or groups.
We wish to make it abundantly clear that nowhere in Biafra land shall such act be allowed.
All Biafrans are therefore advised to disregard those actions as having come from the pit of Hell and carried out by agents of destabilization and from unsettled minds.
This Government believes that such actions are fallout of this harrowing experience we are being forced to be part of in this disjointed association called Nigeria.
In our promised land, Biafra such act should not only be discouraged, but should be highly fought against.
Therefore we encourage all Biafrans to continue to support and be loyal to the Customary Government being led by the elders of the land, so that in due course, our freedom in all its ramifications will be ours’the statement concluded.
Ndubuisi reporting for BVI Channel 1 online