Posted by News Express | 25 October 2020 | 823 times
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has condemned a trending video clip on social media threatening Igbo people to vacate the city of Lagos and other Yoruba land before Sunday midnight or face being massacred.
The video made by a group, Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF) and led by one Adeyinka Grandson had fingered Igbo people as architects of the destruction in Lagos during the course of EndSARS protest.
A statement by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, described the video as unwarranted and insensitive.
He said: “It is eloquently known that Ndigbo and Yorubas have lived, interacted and socialized in harmony with the Yorubas.
“Ndigbo have never declared any aggression against the Yorubas or any other indigenous tribe in Nigeria. Ndigbo did not attack or destroy any government or private properties in Lagos.
“It is evidently known that armless aggrieved Nigerian youths expressing their discomfort against Nigeria’s worst administration were massacred by Nigeria soldiers which resulted in the burning of government and private properties in Lagos.
“MASSOB as a peaceful and non-violence organization have worked and is still working in alliance with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and other notable Yoruba self determination and pressure groups for the betterment of our respective regions.
“MASSOB stands for self determination, emancipation for all regions of Nigeria. Igbo political leaders are in alliance with their counterpart in Yoruba land clamouring for true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria.
“Ndigbo have contributed about sixty five percent of economical developments of Yoruba land. MASSOB advised the Young Yorubas for Freedom (YYF) and their collaborators to stop fanning the fan of discord and calumny among the southern brothers.”
While expressing shock over the action of the Oduduwa brothers, MASSOB warned the perpetrators of the falsehood that is geared towards pitching Ndigbo and Yorubas into unpleasant aggression to desist from it.
The statement added: “Southwest, Southeast, South South and Middle Belt regions have formed a greater alliance that will emancipate them from their political subjections in Nigeria. We shall never allow the Fulanis to create divisions among us again.
“Some parasitic Northern elements are no longer comfortable with the Southern and Middle Beltans alliance for political survival of their respective regions. These enemies of the South are seriously engaging in every efforts that will jeopardize the growing and practical brotherhood the people of Southern regions have built.
“MASSOB advise the leaders Afenifere, YOLICOM and other notable groups and individuals of Yoruba extraction to call the Young Yoruba for Freedom to order now. YFF and their sponsors should avoid heating up the tensions that is already ravaging the economy of the Southern regions.
“MASSOB also warns the hoodlums in disguise of Nigeria Youths protesters to stop looting, maiming, burning and destroying the public and private properties of our people. We warned that destruction of government properties shall stop now.
“No Igbo youth in disguise of whatever name should allow himself to be used in destroying the properties of the governments in Igbo land.”
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