The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB), in Cross River State has alleged that people are dying due to hunger as a result of the high cost of living in the state.
“Even at Christmas, a period characterized by celebration and merriment, the statement reads, many people could not afford to cook the common rice meal for their families. Rice is the basic staple during such time but because of high level of poverty in the land many families could not afford to buy it.
“The standard of living in the country has depreciated abysmally in just one year and the cost of basic items has quadrupled beyond the reach of the ordinary person. This has made the citizens to easily succumb to diseases and death while others who are unable to bear the situation are killing themselves.
“Between 2015 and this year, the cost of living has risen by over 500 per cent which is way beyond the ordinary citizen which accounts for the high death rate through disease and suicide amongst our people.”
“We want to leave the Nigerian state and build a nation of our own based on the vision of Ralph Uwazurike.
“Fifty-six years after the Nigerian civil war, injustice is still being perpetrated against the people of Biafra especially the minorities as seen with the devastation of Odi in Rivers State and the handing over of Bakassi to Cameroon by the Nigerian government.
“We hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari to let the people of Biafra go so that we can decide our fate and build our nation instead of languishing in this unholy state called Nigeria,” it stated.