-MASSOB claims it wants to free the south-south people from slavery
-The separatist group vows to liberate the south-south region from the dominance of Yoruba, Hausa people
The Movement fort he Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has revealed that its plan for the people of the south-south region is to liberate them from the shackles of Yoruba and Hausa people who have purportedly enslaved them.
Vanguard reports that the separatist group was reacting to a statement credited to Sagir Mohammed, a former leader of the defunct Arewa Peoples Congress where he said the motive of the Igbos in the agitation for Biafra was to colonise the oil rich south-south region.
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He had said: “Those Indigenous People of Biafra have a hidden agenda. Their hidden agenda is to declare Biafra and then go recolonize the South-South.
“They would go and within a question of less than one month they would capture all those South-South and colonise the oil fields that is the agenda of IPOB. If you look at the East, it is land-locked; they don’t have any serious minerals apart from coal.”
Uchenna Madu, the leader of MASSOB however denied that the aim of the agitators was to take over the south-south region. Instead, he said the motive behind including the region in the agitation was to free them from bondage.
“MASSOB can never be intimidated, disorganized or shaken because of some disgruntled, frustrated, confused, defeated people like Sagir Mohammed who in frustration, alleged that Ndi Igbo wants to capture and colonize the people of south-south with Biafra.
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“MASSOB, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and Lower Niger Congress, LNC, with our affiliates in Diaspora are more determined, consistent and articulated for Biafra actualization not minding the cries of Sagir Mohammed and his likes. We are not in the Biafra struggle to colonize our south-south brethren but to decolonize them from Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba oligarchy who have held them captives for decades, subjected our brothers and sisters into slavery as was meted to Ndigbo.
“90 per cent oil wells in Niger Delta were owned by these criminal parasites of northern oligarchy. Today, the Fulani are crying foul because they have no stake again as Nigeria is in near collapse under the leadership President Muhammad Buhari. The people of eastern region are wiser now, formidable, united, focused and determined for survival, emancipation and independence of Biafra. Igboland is not locked as alleged by Sagir Mohammed. The people and land of south-east region are more developed individually than the entire 19 states of northern Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the agitation for the recognition for an independent Biafra state took a disappointing dip as the United States and United Kingdom revealed that they do not accept the Biafran passport because the supposed independent country is not recognised.