- MASSOB has cast aspersions on the Buhari-led administration
- The pro-Biafra group says the government is insincere and full of hypocrisy
- The Biafran agitators claim that northern governors and senators are collaborating with Boko Haram
- Governor Fayose of Ekiti state has been hailed by MASSOB for support in defense of Nnamdi Kanu
The Buhari-led administration has come under heavy criticism, as the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) on Monday lambasted what it called, “the insincerity and hypocrisy” of the APC-government.
According to MASSOB, the Nigerian government has not been fair and true in its negotiations with pro-Biafra groups.
This is also as the group described southeast governors and senators as cowards, noting that whereas their northern counterparts were collaborating with Boko Haram, they had refused to identify with the genuine Biafra struggle.
In a statement signed by Comrade Uchenna Madu, the leader of MASSOB said the Buhari led Nigeria government was deceptive on the much publicized and clamored dialogue on the release of Nnamdi Kanu of the IPOB.
Comrade Madu said: “The federal government through her several agents have clamoured for a peaceful dialogue to effect the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whose arrest and detention has exposed and battered deteriorated image of Nigeria before the international communities since October 2015.
“Though many groups and persons, which claim to represent the Biafra agitators in the dialogue have failed because of their selfish and group interest, what of the meeting the real leadership of Biafra agitators held on December 22, 2015 in Enugu, in the house of a prominent and respected Igbo leader, with representatives of federal government, with the Directorate of Military Intelligence Abuja and other Igbo Leaders, who are genuinely rooted in Igbo course?
“The FG representatives assured us that based on their findings, observations, interactions, feelings and grievances of Ndi Igbo during the week long tour, which climaxed with meeting of the leadership of Biafra agitators, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be released to an Igbo leader of our choice after their report and intimate meeting with the presidency.
“Two months after the meeting, instead of heeding to our agreement of releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, which will reduce the political tension and uprising in Biafraland, Nigeria Government continued to unleash terror on our people and deriving Joy in killing of our non-violent Biafran agitators,” Madu said.
He added that: “We know that freedom can never be achieved on a platter of gold and calculations can never make a hero.
“MASSOB has vowed that the gruesome murder of over forty non violent Biafran agitators by Nigerian security agents at Aba will not be wished away.
"Their death has become a motivational force, a quick reminder and a Biafra cross on Golgotha for the undying spirit of Biafranism.
“MASSOB hails Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state for his staunch support for the defense of Nnamdi Kanu and non violent Biafran agitators.
“Governor Fayose’s sympathy on Biafra and outburst against Buhari led wicked administration, which exhibited religious, ethnic and personal hatred has proved him as a true nationalist, who has the interest of the people at heart. He worth more than some Igbo governors.
“MASSOB also condemned the silence on Igbo governors and senators on the plight of Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafran agitators.
“Some Igbo governors and senators are stooges and cowards, we doubt if Igbo blood is running in their veins.
“The northern and western governors/senators openly and secretly collaborate and work with Boko-Haram and Odua People’s Congress (OPC) respectively for the interest of their ethnic block but their Igbo counterparts are always shying away as cowards.
“MASSOB is elated that some Niger Delta groups have joined the Biafran struggle. We support every group with genuine mission, mind and position on Biafra actualization, no matter the system they apply.
“The rising of more south-south groups for Biafra, with the existing ones from southeast shall spell more doom for Nigeria unless Nnamdi Kanu and other agitators are released, which will soften the tempo of the current agitation.
“MASSOB under my leadership will continue to maintain our non violent principles and work in collaboration with other genuine Biafran groups both at home and in diaspora and other relevant international organizations in preparation of Biafran referendum, which the major part have been achieved.”
Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have sent a message to the President Buhari-led government condemning the killing of members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
The northern group met with Ohaneze Ndigbo in Enugu on Sunday, February 21 to have a closed door meeting. The groups called for the release of Kanu, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and other detained members of MASSOB.