The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on Wednesday replied President Muhammadu Buhari over the message he sent to them through members of the National Youth Service Corps of Igbo origin.
The Movement told Buhari that the agitation was beyond what anybody could stop and that it is a matter of time, Biafra Republic would be a reality.
Bbuhari had sent NYSC members of Igbo origin to tell their youth colleagues to stop agitating for a Republic of Biafra saying there is strength in unity and peace.
But MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in a press statement, on Wednesday condemned Buhari for singling out Ndigbo, out of the number that paid him the Sallah visit.
“Telling the Igbo youth corps members to inform their fellow Igbo youths in MASSOB to stop Biafran agitation, shows that he (Buhari) directly recognizes the corps members as Biafrans”, Comrade Madu said.
“Buhari still erroneously think that with his kinsmen in vital positions in the military, he will easily crush Biafra.
“MASSOB views Buhari’s constant negative comments on Biafra as a way of reawakening consciousness among Biafrans, even as he is jittery and unsteady about our doggedness towards actualizing our lofty dream”, Madu said.
While reminding the Nigerian government that every revolutionary struggle had its own methodology, Madu, however, said that “the current Biafran struggle will continue to unfold confusing methods for the Nigerian leadership.
“We want President Buhari to continue to make similar statements that aptly express his frustration. No man can crush Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side”.
MASSOB reminded the President that the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, Lotachukwu Okoli and a host of others, as well as the killing, persecution, prosecution, mesmerization, suppression and oppression of Biafrans, cannot quench the agitation.
“It must also be noted that the current clampdown of non-violent, unarmed agitators for self rule, only worsen the problem and underscores Nigeria as a creeping, repressive colonial state.
“Any group whose stock in trade is to consign another to second class status, or denies another their full rights, including autonomy to political, cultural and economic development, is just as guilty of colonialism as the traditional white colonialists we are all familiar with, and herein lies Nigeria’s dilemma.
“Biafran agitation is only a reaction to the many injustices, exclusions, second class citizenship, born to rule philosophy, marginalization and other forms of inequity and inequality that characterize the Nigerian state”, the MASSOB statement added.