Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 25 October 2016 | 1,614 times
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has decried the neglect and marginalisation of Igbo land and its people by the Federal Government of Nigeria, stressing that the spirit of the late Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is not happy with the present crop of Igbo leaders, over their carefree attitude towards the struggle for the protection of the rights of the Igbo nation in Nigeria.
In a press statement made available by Comrade Uchenna Madu faction of MASSOB on Monday in Awka, the Anambra State capital, it stated that people of Igbo extraction have abandoned the legacies and visions of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu saying that even his image, personality and name are no longer respected or regarded in the political, economic, social, traditional and religious lives of Ndigbo.
“Ojukwu and our ancestors are not happy with Igbo leaders,” the statement read.
The group demanded that Igbo political class, religious leaders, economists as well as traditional leaders must sit up now for the purpose of advancing its emancipation from what it perceived to be Nigeria's anti Igbo policies.
The statement further read, “Igbo land has been abandoned by successive government of Nigeria to decay and rot away. All the federal roads in Igbo land, few infrastructures that promote social stability in Igbo land have been abandoned, neglected, cursed to perish by Nigeria federal government, Educational systems and operations in Igbo land is the worst hit by successive government of Nigeria.
“Though Nigerian government has deliberately abandoned and neglected Igbo land and Ndigbo to suffer, why must Igbo political, religious, traditional and economic leaders, compliment our oppressors’ deliberate and constant government policies against our peoples’ survival in Nigeria?
“Why would self acclaimed leaders in Igbo land continue to sing praises of our oppressors and political enemies?
“What happened to Second Niger bridge, Onitsha sea port, Aba dry port, Onitsha – Enugu expressway, Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway, Onitsha – Okigwe federal highway, Umuahia –Arochukwu – Ibibio – Ikot Ekpene - Aba federal highway, Umuahia – Ikot Ekpene – Uyo federal highway, Onitsha – Orlu – Mbano – Umuahia federal highway, Owerri – Mbaise – Umuahia federal road, Onitsha – Adani – Nsukka federal road?
“Erosion menace has devastated Igbo land with glaring dangers of collapse, the dangerous erosion sites at Nkwoagu Amuda Isuochi and Uturu Isuikwuato both in Abia State, Nanka Orumba North and Ozubulu Ekwusigo in Anambra state etc are all sign of utmost neglect.”
MASSOB further noted that the Igbo people have committed more harmful, dangerous and sacrilegious crimes against their own land with their nonchalant attitude and selfishness against the ancestors.
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