To mark this year’s memorial of 1967 Asaba massacre, which is scheduled to hold between October 5 and 7, the Asaba community in Delta State, has empanelled the Asaba Memorial Foundation (AMF), under the seal and direction of the town’s traditional ruler; the Asagba of Asaba, the Advisory Council and the Asagba-in-Council.
The Foundation, which has been formally incorporated, will act for and on behalf of the Asaba community on all matters relating to the Asaba massacre of 1967.
A major highlight of this year’s commemoration of the tragic death of over 700 indigenes of the community, who were allegedly massacred by federal troops during the civil war, in October 1967, will be the official opening of the secretariat of the Asaba Memorial Foundation.
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The foundation has also been charged with the responsibility of organising the annual commemoration of the massacre anniversary, as well as instituting a memorial lecture series aimed at promoting dialogue, peaceful coexistence and unity of the people of Nigeria in particular, and the world in general.
Oshimili Atata of Asaba, Nicholas Chizea, who is also the chairman, caretaker committee, Asaba Development Union, explained that the importance of the foundation to the community is underlined by the highly respected personalities who constitute its Board of Trustees.