- MASSOB tells Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to advice Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram to stop violence
- The Pro-Biafra group, says MASSOB has never shown any act of violence in the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra
- The group accuses people in the North of inciting violence
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has rejected the advice by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, that Nigerians should avoid acts that could plunge the country into another civil war.
MASSOB said the Sultan ought to have directed his advice to Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents, rather than making reference to the whole country.
NAIJ.com recalls that the Sultan of Sokoto had, during one of the programmes to mark the Rivers State’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, said Nigeria would not be able to survive another civil war.
The Sultan expressed the need to shun acts that might cause war in the country.
Reacting to the monarch’s message, the national director of information for the movement, Mr Sunday Okereafor, who spoke in a telephone interview with the Punch on Thursday, May 4, said MASSOB had never shown any act of violence in the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra.
The MASSOB spokesperson said the Sultan should rather advise the Fulani herdsmen that had been killing and maiming people in the southern part of the country and the Boko Haram sect, which had been perpetrating similar acts in the North-East.
Spokesperson said:“We are not fighting any war this time around. MASSOB will remain non-violent and we will continue with the non-violent approach. This is the 18th year of the struggle by MASSOB. Despite the crackdown, all the killings, all the arrests and provocations, we still remain non-violent.
“The Sultan should direct his statement to Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram group, who are killing and maiming people in Nigeria. The Igbo are peaceful people.
“How can Sultan of Sokoto be talking about civil war? They (North) are the people inciting violence.
“Fulani herdsmen are from the North and they have been killing our people in our bush. They want to provoke us.
“They know that MASSOB is non-violent, but they are using Fulani herdsmen to bring war so that we will react. But we are not interested in that.”
Okoroafor stated that the Igbo people would have been decimated if they were people stealing cows in Nigeria.
“They want to use the herdsmen to conquer us, but we are saying no to war. So, we are telling the Sultan of Sokoto to refer his statement to his brothers, the Fulani herdsmen,” he added.
Meanwhile, MASSOB has decried the renewed clampdown on its members by the police in Aba, Abia state.
MASSOB however, says that the clampdown will not stop the celebration of the 17th anniversary of the hoisting of the Biafra flag in the city on May 22.
NAIJ.com gathered that MASSOB/BIM founder, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, had hoisted the Biafra flag at a location along Faulks Road, Aba, on May 22, 2000.
Briefing newsmen in Aba, MASSOB leader, Abia South zone, Mr Okporie Nkama, disclosed that activities had been lined up for a hitch free anniversary celebration.
Okporie said all flags will fly at half mast across the city and other Biafran territories, while residents are urged to go about their businesses without fear of molestation.
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