- The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has joined forces with IPOB in a fresh battle
- MASSOB says it is time to commence the 'cleansing' of Igboland of those allegedly betraying the agitation for a Biafran republic
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has threatened a major revolution against political, traditional, religious and opinion leaders in Igboland, according to a report by The Punch.
The report said the agitating group made the threat in a statement on Sunday, October 16, through its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu.
The group said it had found that some Igbo leaders have betrayed their course and have become insensitive to the plight of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, has been in detention for about a year with charges levelled against him by the federal government.
The leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, also recently said the Biafra struggle failed during the civil war due to sabotage by those he identified as Igbo elites.
MASSOB said while it was working for the benefit of the entire Igbo race, the same cannot be said of leaders of the zone including those in government, who have never spoken against the continued detention of the IPOB leader.
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Madu warned that pro-Biafra groups in the South-East would launch an internal revolution against Igbo leaders if Kanu and the other detained activists spent Christmas in prison.
The MASSOB statement said: “The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra blasts Igbo religious, traditional, political and opinion leaders for their nonchalant and insensitive attitude towards the plight of detained Biafra agitators in Nigerian prisons.
“MASSOB charges Igbo leaders to rise up now in defense of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Innocent Orji, Sabastine Amadi, Benjamin Onwuka and other detained Biafra agitators across Nigerian prisons.
“What are the primary duties of Igbo senators and federal representatives in Abuja?
“Why must Igbo traditional rulers continue to celebrate ofalas (ceremonies) and New Yam festivals while their subjects are still in detention for Igbo cause?
“What are the religious leaders still preaching while our brethren are still in prison?
“We demand that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others will not spend Christmas in prison again or internal native revolution will start in Igboland.”
In September, Kanu spoke at the court premises on the reason the agitation has remained strong.
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