Biafra: MASSOB dismisses FG’s peace talks, lambasts Buhari’s political adviser

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 20 June 2017 | 1,684 times

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The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) has lambasted the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari on political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, over what the group described as his unguided statement.

He was quoted as having said that leaders of Pro-Biafra agitators, especially Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, are not important and useful in the Federal Government parley with Igbo Governors and some other leaders.

In a statement made available to journalists in Awka and signed by MASSOB’s leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, the group criticised the Federal Government for holding talks without the presence of IPOB, MASSOB and other Pro-Biafra agitators adding that the people they called to the round table talk do not have control over the Igbo populace.

The statement reads: “Since the Federal Government feels and believes that IPOB, MASSOB and other Pro-Biafra agitators are not important and cannot be called as stakeholders in the affairs of Ndigbo and Nigeria in general; also, since they prefer to deal and engage the self acclaimed political leaders, some traditional and religious leaders from Igboland whom they described as Igbo leaders of thought in dealing with the current tempo/overwhelming consciousness of Biafra, the international uproar and sympathy for Biafra and the peoples’ constant agitation for Biafra, we shall further prove to them (Federal Government) that their so called preferred allies and errand boys are not actually in charge of Igboland.                          

“We shall continue to showcase the acceptability, confidence and trust bestowed on IPOB and MASSOB leadership by the people of Biafra.

“We shall continue to tell Ndigbo to ignore the Federal and State Governments with our non violent sit at home protest and boycotting of government affairs in Biafra land. It is an affront to the reality of our abilities and capabilities in the affairs of Ndigbo by the presidency that leaders of Biafra agitators especially Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are not important.                                  

“The presidency should know that their preferred allies and errand boys could not stop the recent sit at home exercise in commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Biafra declaration by General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

“They should also know that whoever controls the masses without money, intimidation, subjections or forceful order is the true and acceptable leader that is divinely enthroned. None of your Igbo allies and errand boys will ever control the people.

“MASSOB sees all the attempts being made to douse the tempo and consciousness of Biafra with series of inconsequential meetings and engagements by the Acting Nigeria President, (Prof. Yemi) Osinbajo as threading on a dangerous, impossible task that can never be actualized because his brother president Olusegun Obasanjo tried but could not subdue the spiritual consciousness of Biafra.

“Late President (Umaru) Yar’Adua also could not stop the Biafra move; even President Goodluck Jonathan who was widely believed to be related to Ndigbo also could not pacify the spirit of Biafra.                

“Even the current President (Muhammadu) Buhari who primitively fought against the emergence of Biafra with Islamic fundamentalism, ethnic/tribal sentiments and pathological hatred against the people of Biafra will not also succeed.”

MASSOB further called on the acting President to concentrate more on the “most possible means of avoiding the dangerous plan of Hausa Fulani people (Arewa) to stop his government through the military and other national security services which are predominantly headed by the Hausa Fulanis.”                                  

The statement further reads: “Although MASSOB has respect and regard for Igbo Governors, we openly disagree with them on certain moves that are against the general interest of our people.

“MASSOB condemns the attitude of Engr. Dave Umahi and Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governors of Ebonyi and Enugu States during the Igbo Governors meeting with Osibanjo for wearing Hausa Fulani traditional attires. How can Igbo Governors wear Hausa Fulani traditional attire to a national engagement?

“Any Igbo leader irrespective of his position or personality who wears Hausa Fulani or any other tribe’s traditional attires in a national engagement or meeting is not an Igbo man and also not representing Ndigbo.                                              

“Have you ever seen any Hausa or Fulani even Yoruba Governor or their other leaders wearing an Igbo traditional attires? It is an abomination.

“Some of the basic trends or representations of an ethnic nationality are traditional attires, indigenous languages and cultural attributes. It is very shameful that some Igbo Governors, Senators and other self acclaimed leaders have abandoned our Igbo pride of cultural traditional displays.”

Source: News Express

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