The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for surreptitiously reminding innocent youth corps members of Igbo extraction, serving in Katsina State, of the sordid experience of their forebears, during the 30-month old war for freedom.
The MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, who made the group’s position known in a press statement, also opined that there was no point singling out Ndigbo, out of the corps members that paid him the Sallah visit.
“Telling the Igbo youth corps members to inform their fellow Igbo youths in MASSOB to stop Biafran agitation, shows that he (Buhari) directly recognizes the corps members as Biafrans,” Comrade Madu said.
According to the MASSOB leader, “Buhari still erroneously think that with his kinsmen in vital positions in the military, he will easily crush Biafra. MASSOB views Buhari’s constant negative comments on Biafra as a way of reawakening consciousness among Biafrans, even as he is jittery and unsteady about our doggedness towards actualizing our lofty dream.
“We want President Buhari to continue to make similar statements that aptly express his frustration. No man can crush Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side.”
He equally reminded the President that the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, Lotachukwu Okoli and a host of others, as well as the killing, persecution, prosecution, mesmerization, suppression and oppression of Biafrans, cannot quench the agitation.
Torrents of criticism
After the publication of Buahri’s statement in Vanguard online, torrents of criticism trailed the President’s statements by respondents who numbered over 500 as at the time of this report. They lashed out at the president and made strong demands for a sovereign state of Biafra.
Here are some respondents’ comments: “Those of you that fought to keep Biafrans in Nigeria are still struggling to keep her united with naija (Nigeria). Even the next generation of young Nigerians do not believe in your ideology. Meanwhile the young people of Biafra believe so much in the ideology which their fathers fought and died for.
There is absolutely no need preaching to these young minds to forget Biafra when they are already looking forward to seeing the purpose which their fathers fought and died for fulfilled. While you’re busy preaching to them ,they are already dreaming of what their country will look like when they eventually exit.”
Another respondent said: “The only way the restless youths from the southeast and south-south zones may refrain from agitating for sovereignty is for the president to make the presence of the federal government be felt in the two zones.”
We’re near the promised land—MASSOB
MASSOB also said that the people of the old Eastern region are nearing the promised land as Biafra would soon be actualized. In an interview with newsmen in Aba, Abia State during the activities marking the 17th anniversary of MASSOB, the Coordinator for Abia South region, Okporie Nkama said the actualization of Biafra had passed the stage where anyone could abort it as the United Nations and other international bodies were aware of the arrangement.
Nkama insisted that despite the opposition of the Federal Government, MASSOB cannot abandon Biafra when the dream is about to be actualized, stressing that such would amount to a great dis-service to Ndigbo and the people of the old Eastern region.
Speaking further, a member of the elders’ council of Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, Comrade Larry Odinma who commended the leader of BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and that of MASSOB, Chief Solomon Chukwu for their steadfastness in piloting the affairs of the two organizations, added that the two movements have over the years, given Ndigbo an identity and pledged that the dream of having an independent state of Biafra would soon be achieved.
Blames Buhari for releasing notorious Boko Haram leader
Also yesterday, IPOB, attacked President Muhammadu Buhari, for allegedly releasing a well known Boko Haram leader, Kabiru Umar alias Kabiru Sokoto, from prison. Despite the denial of doing so by the Federal Government, IPOB alleged president Buhari secretly released Sokoto who was accused of masterminding the bombing of Madala, Niger State on Christmas Day of 2011, from prison as part of 2016 Eid-el-Kabir.
A statement by IPOB signed by their spokesmen, Emma Mmezu and Dr. Clifford Iroanya respectively, and made available to the media, flayed the President for granting the Boko Haram lord amnesty while refusing to grant their leader, Nnamdi Kanu unconditional release from prison.
The organisation wondered that whereas Sokoto was convicted by a competent court and sentenced to life imprisonment, why should Kanu who only spuriously charged be held in detention?
Abia police parade 5 MASSOB members, 20 suspected criminals
Meantime, Abia State Police Command has arrested 20 suspected criminals from parts of the State for various crimes, including kidnapping and armed robbery. The command also paraded five members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra [MASSOB] who were arrested during Tuesday’s celebration of the group’s 17th anniversary.
The MASSOB members arrested include Sunday Kalu, Godwin Osuji, Chukwuebuka Chukwu, Chidiebere Andrew, and Nwuko Ochendo. They were said to have been arrested on their way to a rally in Owerri, Imo State. The suspected kidnappers include one Ndubueze Frederick and Chinomso Ukaegbu, both of Umuibe Alaoma Autonomous Community in Obingwa Council.
Parading the suspects, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade said the victim of the kidnapping, Mr. Emeka Nnaji, a lawyer was however rescued. Oyebade also announced the suspected armed robbers to include one Joseph Godwin of Ogwo Street, Aba, said to have allegedly robbed and killed one Joel Effiong, from Akwa Ibom but was doing business in Aba.
Other robbery suspects paraded by the Police Commissioner were Sunday Johnson, Tochukwu Ndu, Kalu Ibeabuchi, James Ogbonnaya and Okpo Onyike, all said to be from Okoko Item. Also, paraded for armed robbery, were one Chidi Okaso, a.k.a. Onyemuo, Kenneth Ikpendu, a.k.a. Obere and Ikechukwu Ogbonnaya, a.k.a. Ghana Bons and various incriminating items were recovered from them.
The commissioner of police also paraded one Lawal Nuhu, Lawal Ahmed and Chidinma Johnson, who were arrested with a 15-month old baby girl, together with N170, 000 and 58 handbags in a Peugeot 307, marked AZ 166 KWL. According to CP Oyebade, “On interrogation, it was discovered that the suspects drugged one Chioma Chijindu of No. 8, Ohafia Street, Umuahia, and made away with her child, Chinonye Chijindu, cash and goods.”