The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has called on its members in Nigeria and the diaspora to resume massive protests from tomorrow, Monday, over the continued detention of executive director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The directive was the outcome of a one-day meeting of national executive officers at MASSOB headquarters, Okwe Onuimo Local council of Imo state.
A statement signed by the secretary of Uchenna Madu led faction, Ibem Ugwuoke Ibem and the director of Information, Samuel Edeson said that the protests would be massive and would put a further dent on what they said was Nigeria’s already battered image.
“MASSOB after series of public protest, demonstrations, civil disobedience and stay at home protest against the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by Nigerian Government through the DSS and the non-compliance of Buhari led administration to obey three different competent court orders for Nnamdi Kanu’s release, MASSOB demands that Nnamdi Kanu must be release now or more diplomatic, image, and political damages will be fall the already battered Nigeria’s image with massive, self-determined and non-violence worldwide Biafran Demonstration/protest including non-co-operation and civil disobedience.
“That MASSOB directs all our members at home and in Diaspora to prepare for a massive demonstration, protest and a civil disobedience against the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu (IPOB Leader) starting from Monday January 18, 2016.
“MASSOB also directs former members in Ralph Uwazurike’s BIM to join and participate in the non-violent worldwide demonstration against Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention as a mark of Love and respect for Biafra”, the statement said.
The group also condemned the statement credited to Bishop of the Anglican diocese of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma that Ndi Igbo don’t need Biafra and that the recent demonstrations in support of secession are not for Biafra.
“MASSOB and IPOB are not on the streets demonstrating against bad roads or lack of federal presence in eastern region or non-appointment of Igbos in key federal Government positions in Buhari led administration or against Igbo marginalization.
“We are committed, consistently and uncompromisely agitating for an independent state of Biafra from Nigeria. Biafra is the answer to the numerous subjective slavery Nigeria subjected Ndi Igbo into ranging from political, Economic, Academic, Religious, Cultural and Social slavery. Today in Nigeria, true nationhood has remained stillborn. Peace, justice and equity has remained elusive to Nigeria which still remains in perpetual strife and increasing crisis since her independence. These undeniable realities are the reasons the Nigerian State is afraid of Biafra which represents the truth they cannot legitimately counter. Biafra speaks of the truth Nigeria know they are guilty of, so out of weakness, jittery and fear Nigeria resort to repressions, persecutions and detention of Biafran agitators”, it stressed.
MASSOB did not also spare leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the seven Igbo-speaking states, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh, saying his demand for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu so that Igbo elders can counsel and make him see reason in the futility of his agitation for Biafra, is against the group’s ethics and clamor.
“MASSOB and IPOB don’t know Eluemunoh as an Igbo Leader with Igbo interest”, the statement said, adding “this man is an agent of distraction working for Nigerian Government which has paid him more than Twenty Million Naira to make several negative press statement against us during the early days of our demonstration”.
“He is not speaking the mind of Ohaneze Leadership as there is no office in Ohanaeze as Chairman of State President. Ndiigbo should be wary of people like Dr. Chris Eluemunoh who are wolves in sheep clothing. Nnamdi Kanu will be released and true Igbo Leaders, MASSOB and IPOB Leaders will be on the ground to receive him”, it added.