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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Biafra: MASSOB Sends Open Message to Buhari and Army

Pro-Biafra group, MASSOB has bluntly told President Buhari and the Nigerian Army that they can never be cowed by the use of brutal force against them.
 
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The Movement for the Actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra has condemned a fresh military invasion of the home of Eze Israel Kanu, the father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
 
In a statement made available to a Punch correspondent in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday by MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Samuel Edeson, the group described the attack as primitive and cowardly.
 
The group said no amount of such intimidation would stop Biafra agitators from continuing with the struggle, adding that President Buhari “cannot destroy the Biafra consciousness.”
 
It wondered why the army would continue to unleash such “primitive and brutal attack” against nonviolent Biafra agitators
 
Edeson described the act as, “Signs of jittery, cowardice and Buhari’s government frustration on the eloquent consciousness and realities of Biafra freedom which is being appreciated and acknowledged by international communities”
 
Kanu’s family had on Sunday raised the alarm that soldiers invaded their compound again. Kanu’ younger brother, Emmanuel Kanu, alleged that the soldiers invaded their home and carted away some household items.
 
He said the soldiers took away some items like television, generating sets, clothes among other belongings of the family.
 
He said, “The international community should prevail on the Nigeria Army to stop raiding our home again. We have been telling the Army to produce my bother whose whereabouts has remained unknown since after the September 14 military invasion of our compound.”
 
While confirming having an operation in the area, the military denied removing any household items from the compound.
 
But MASSOB’s statement on Monday maintained that “Applications of brutal Federal forces against the nonviolence Biafra agitators can never subdue or defeat the indestructible revolution of Biafra.

“The statement read in part,” MASSOB and other pro-Biafra agitators are not cowed or intimidated by this sheer acts of overzealousness and ethnic hatred of the people of Biafra by Hausa Fulani dominated  Nigeria security apparatuses.

“Even in these persecutions, arrests, extrajudicial killings, subjections and detentions of nonviolence, pro-Biafra agitators, we shall continue to maintain our non-violence principles.

“MASSOB and other pro-Biafra groups are the political masquerades of Ndigbo. We shall continue to be the pride of Ndigbo, upholding the vision of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.”
 
It called on southeast governors to be wary and sensitive on Biafra issues in order not to fall into what it “the political trap of the Hausa Fulani intimidation through president Buhari”.
 
On the Anambra November 18 poll, MASSOB said pro-Biafra groups were yet reached an agreement on boycotting the exercise or declaring a sit-at-home order on the election day.
 
It said “We shall consult and deliberate widely on the positive and negative implications of such exercise in Anambra state.

“MASSOB must be tactical and sensitive in considering the wills and civil rights of the citizens.”

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