- MASSOB has frowned at the gestures of S'East governors in a bid to maintain peace and decorum in Nigeria
- The pro-Biafra group recently lashed out at the governors from donning Hausa native attires at public functions
- MASSOB says the act raises dust as regards the ability of the governors to appropriately represent the interests of Igbos
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that there is nothing patriotic about Igbo governors wearing Hausa/Fulani attires to public functions.
MASSOB made the assertion in a communique issued on Wednesday, June 21.
Uchenna Madu, leader of MASSOB berated the governors of Ebonyi and Enugu states, Dave Umahi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, respectively, for putting on Hausa/Fulani attire at the recent meeting between Igbo leaders and the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa.
Madu said the dressing was not proper at such a crucial meeting when the worries of the Igbos were to be tabled.
He stressed that that singular act had cast doubt on their (S'East Governors) ability to represent the interests of the Igbo.
Driving his point home, Madu observed that no Hausa/Fulani governor would ever appear in public with an Igbo attire.
MASSOB also faulted the federal government for leaving out leaders of the pro-Biafra groups in discussions with Igbo leaders over the agitation for Biafra and the attendant quit ultimatum issued to Igbos in the North by some Northern groups.
Madu noted that the activists, particularly leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, should have been at the meeting.
The MASSOB leader claimed the governors and other political, traditional, religious and opinion leaders that met with the Acting President Osinbajo were not actually in charge’ in Igboland.
In a similar vein, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has advised the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from agitating for secession, saying the Igbos were not ready for another civil war.
Okorocha gave the advice at a news briefing at the Government House in Owerri on Tuesday, June 13, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He also urged MASSOB and other Nigerians in diaspora, drumming support for the actualisation of Biafra, to stop.
Okorocha called on Igbo youths to calm down and redirect their agitation toward the actualisation of economic advancement of Igbos rather than asking for a new sovereign nation.
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On the recent sit-at-home ordered by IPOB and MASSOB, he said the exercise succeeded because the people, especially traders wanted to avoid trouble.
He described the statement by the Arewa youths directing Igbos to leave the north as “nonsensical and inciting’’.
The governor said that Igbos were peaceful people, who had come a long way in contributing to the economic development of the country, adding that no other ethnic group had contributed as much.
He called for reorientation of youths to repair the broken political relations between the North and the East and end the existing hatred and division between them.
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