Factional leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu said no amount of pressure from any quarters would make his group and any other pro-Biafra group to quit their struggle for the state of Biafra.
Comrade Madu while speaking to our reporter in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State on Saturday said the agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra has come a long way that MASSOB and any other pro-Biafra group would not rest their oasis until the dream of MASSOB founding were actualized.
Asked whether the group would relent in its agitation now that it seems that the federal government has started addressing some of the infrastructural decay in the southeast, the MASSOB leader said “We can’t stop, we have passed that point. Some people think that the agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra was because of marginalization or infrastructural decay in the eastern region, No! We have passed that”
” We want Biafra, not because our roads are bad, not because Igbo man has not become the President of the country, Nigeria. We want Biafra not because of negligence of service, but we want Biafra because we are Biafrans; we are created Biafrans and we have to exhibit it in all sense of responsibility. We want to restore the ancient kingdom of Biafra as it were before the 1914 amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorate.
“Our people have died not because of Igbo Presidency, because of Biafra and the people that were killed in Aba and many other parts of Nigeria were being killed because of Biafra. They were not killed because of the bad roads in the southeast, second Niger Bridge or Igbo Presidency or decay in infrastructure, if they like, let them (federal government) fix everything overnight, it won’t make us to stop. We have reached at the point of no return, there is no way we can go back in the struggle for Biafra.”
Speaking on the decision of the group to relocate its administrative headquarters out of Okwe, Imo State and allow his former boss, Ralph Uwazuruike access to his father’s compound, Madu said that the decision to move their headquarters from Okwe was a unanimous agreement by all the major stakeholders of the group, stressing that the choice for Enugu was also for administrative convenience and the centrality of the new location which he said is the capital of Biafra.
“In the first place, we do have camps where some of our people are camped for the interest of the struggle. But this time around, we have to close all these camps because of some criminal activities that are going on there. We can never allow anything that can bring dishonor, disgrace of reproach to our image and can never condone any evil. We closed these camps in order to avoid our images from being tarnished. So, closing the camps doesn’t mean that we have stopped the struggle. All our structures are intact. The meetings are going on and our activities still going on as planned.
“We decided to allow Uwazuruike to return to his father’s house, this is three years that he has been in exile. We don’t want to cage or isolate ourselves in a particular place. The administration of MASSOB or Biafra shouldn’t be in somebody’s house or village, so we decided to leave that place and allow him to come back. Yes, we have lifted the ban and have forgiven him (Ralph Uwazuruike) in the spirit of Biafra. We can’t continue to keep grudges. We have handed his matter over to the ancestors (Chukwu Okike Abiama) to handle him. We can’t continue to play god. Let god decide his case, so that we too can move on.
(Source: The Nation)