The planned prayer, fasting and election into the offices of the Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, has been postponed indefinitely.
Announcing the indefinite postponement of the programme to newsmen, yesterday in Owerri, Imo State the leader of the group, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, explained that the shift was to enable them make adequate consultation.
“The shift in the date for the fasting and prayer session, as well as the planned election, which more than 100 clergymen from the South East and South South geo-political zones are expected to participate, would enable BIM to make adequate consultation,” Uwazuruike explained.
Reiterating that they need to make adequate consultations and preparations before the next date for the event, Uwazuruike also promised that the programme would be made public.
Fielding questions, Uwazuruike said, “The theme of the prayer session, Give us Biafra, still remains unchanged, while Apostle Gregory Ashiegbu will anchor the prayer for us.”
Explaining what the election into BIM positions was all about, Uwazuruike said it would be different from elections recently conducted in Nigeria, adding that it will be an open ballot system unlike Nigeria’s closed ballot system.
He said that the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, and Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, the founder of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, were expected in Owerri, for the event.
BIM had earlier announced that it would hold a three-day prayer and fasting, beginning from today, ahead of February 22, 2016, elections billed for Ikemba Ojukwu Memorial Library in Owerri.
It had named a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Samuel Aniebonam, chairman of the electoral body.