As pro-Biafra protests in the South-East continue to elicit mixed reactions from Nigerians, especially over what it portends for the corporate existence of the nation as an indivisible entity, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on Sunday, threatened to disown and expel any Igbo group that speaks out against the agitators.
MASSOB and the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, are the two leading groups leading the protests for a sovereign state of Biafra.
MASSOB was reacting to a statement credited to the chairman of Presidents of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in the seven Igbo-speaking states of Delta, Rivers, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo and Anambra, Dr. Chris Eluomunoh, who not only disowned the pro-Biafra groups, he described their actions as “pure madness”.
Eluomunoh also said the issue of Biafra died in 1970 with the surrender by the late General Philip Effiong.
Reacting to the statement, MASSOB described Ohanaeze as saboteurs.
The national director of information of a faction of MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu, described the utterances against Biafra agitation as selfish and irresponsible.
According to him, “The wide acceptance and consciousness of Biafra can never be thwarted or dislocated by disgruntled Igbo. How can a self -acclaimed Igbo leader openly and shamefully disown and condemn Biafra, which is the living symbol of Igbo survival?
“MASSOB still believes that Ohanaeze Ndigbo cannot disown Biafra because the national leadership is still silent on this issue. But if finally it does, the Igbo nation will also disown and expel them from Igboland”.