The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has expressed determination in the fight for Biafra State, stressing that it would not abandon the struggle.
This is in reaction to the advise by leaders of the South-East chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urging pro-Biafra agitators to forget the cause and join hands with the present administration to build a united and formidable Nigeria.
MASSOB urged Igbos and the members of the other ethnic nationalities in the South-East to ignore the advice of the Igbo APC chieftains.
As contained in a statement released after a meeting in Enugu State on Friday, April 8, the APC leaders appealed to MASSOB, Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and other Biafra groups to drop the idea of breaking away from Nigeria.
“We call on all the groups agitating for separation from Nigeria, particularly the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to rethink and abandon the idea, and join other ethnic groups in building a formidable Nigeria where all Nigerians will be equally treated in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the APC Chieftains said.
Present at the meeting were Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; a former Governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo; a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Emeka Wogu; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Agunwa Anakwe, among others.
In a statement by MASSOB National Director of Information, Samuel Edeson, the group said the politicians only care about their personal interests.
The statement read: “MASSOB wishes to reply the South-East APC over the call on MASSOB/IPOB to abandon the idea of agitating for the independence of Biafra and to join them in building Nigeria.
“MASSOB is calling on the Ndigbo and all ‘Biafrans’ to disregard these Abuja politicians who have no conscience. All they are interested in are their personal interests.”
The group wondered why the politicians did not show concern about the heinous activities of Fulani herdsmen in the South-East, yet asking Biafra agitators to abandon their struggle.
“None of them can beat his chest boldly and say that this is what I have done for the Ndigbo. While calling MASSOB and IPOB to drop the Biafra agenda, they left Fulani herdsmen that have been killing our people, raping our women and destroying our farmland at will.
“We will no longer allow these Abuja politicians to come to Igboland and deceive our people in the name of fighting for Igbo presidency. None of these men who claimed to be heavyweight politicians has ever challenged the evil done to our people.
“The Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, all the federal roads and railway lines in the South-East are deathtraps.
“They have never for one day spoken against the abandoned projects in Igboland. They have now run to APC where their sins will be covered,” Edeson said.
MASSOB also accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of being used to attack the critics of the Federal Government.