MASSOB, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra has restated its resolve for the Biafra republic, maintaining that Mr Peter Obi’s emergence as the Labour Party Presidential candidate in the coming general elections would not deter the Biafra struggle.
An Igbo man becoming the next president of Nigeria will not stop the struggle by pro-Biafra groups from their self-determination.
They reacted to a statement made by a Muslim Scholar, Sheikh Gunmi that the agitation for Biafra had slowed down since Obi became the presidential candidate and an indication that the group’s interest was to produce a president of Igbo extraction.
In response to this, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu stated that it was hypocritical for Gunmi to make such a claim, stressing that the struggle is beyond the politics of Nigeria.
“The statement of Gumi against pro-Biafra agitation is deceiving and full of falsehood. MASSOB and other pro-Biafra agitators have been in the self-determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration. We are not clamouring for the occupation of an Igbo man to be Nigeria’s president”
“Our agenda is known, our mission is stated, our position is unshakable and uncompromised and our goal is to actualize an independent state of Biafra through the principles of nonviolence.
“We can never be cowed or intimidated by the chief patron and negotiator of Fulani terrorist movement ravaging the entire Northern region and rest of Nigeria in pursuit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Islamic agenda of Islamising Nigeria.”
However, he disclosed that MASSOB and other pro-Biafra organizations have nothing against Mr Peter Obi and his determination to deliver Nigeria from further ruins, adding that it believes in the right of existence of other Nigerians.
He added: “Peter Obi believes in Nigeria. We believe in Biafra. If Nigerians elect him based on his competency and pedigree as their new president does it concern MASSOB? It’s not our business.
“Mr Peter Obi is not the first person to contest a presidential election since September 1999 we started the MASSOB nonviolence self-determination struggle. Why attach him to us now? MASSOB advises Sheikh Gumi to explain his role and other Fulani cabals in the terrorist attack and breaking of Kuje prisons in Abuja. Don’t use Mr Peter Obi and pro-Biafra agitation to divert attentions.”