Stop Clampdown On Pro-Biafra Protesters, MASSOB, IPOB Tell S-East, South South Governors

Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has urged governors of the South East and South South states to join hands and stop the attack on pro- Biafra protesters by security agents in their states.

Leader of MASSOB, Chief Solomon Chukwu who stated this during the group’s sensitization visit to Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, described the killing of defenceless protesters as a crime against humanity and urged governors to speak up and stop playing politics with the lives of the people.

According to him, “The governors are the chief security officers of their states; they should not sit and watch while security agents kill defenceless protesters. It is the right of the people to protest; they don’t bear arms, why would security agents turn their guns on the protesters who were holding a prayer session in Aba? It is all part of the plot to destabilize the former Eastern region. South East and South South governors should wake up and stop playing politics with the lives of their people. They should rise and take up the matter with the authorities. Enough is enough.”

South South should stand with South East

He urged the people of the S-South region to continue to stand with their S-East brothers to actualize an independent state of Biafra, where they will find satisfaction and freedom to enjoy their resources.

Chukwu who later visited the residence of the late Deputy Head of State of the defunct Biafra Republic, Gen. Philip Effiong, commended the latter for the role he played in Biafra and MASSOB’s Regional Administrator, Uyo region, Obong Bassey Bassey, for the massive mobilization of members in the city and environs, urging them to insist on the group’s non-violent approach to the struggle and insisting that Biafra would soon be actualized.

While commending the MASSOB leader for the visit, Bassey said: “Since the late Gen. Philip Effiong fought for Biafra with all his might, we will also join hands to fight for freedom. Nigeria has failed us, our only hope is Biafra. We believe in Biafra.”

According to Vanguard over 1000 people were registered as MASSOB members during the visit.

Allegations of starvation, harassment and intimidation

However, in a new development, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that its detained leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu is being denied access to food and toiletries and has been subjected to serious intimidation and harassment by some prison officials in Kuje prison, warning that it will make Nigeria ungovernable if anything happens to him.

It condemned the inhuman treatment being meted to Mr Kanu, saying the attitude was meant to dampen his spirit and make him denounce Biafra, adding that the Kanu they know will never shift grounds on his total commitment to the actualization of sovereign state of Biafra.

In a statement issued in Nnewi by the IPOB Media and Publicity officer, Mr Emma Powerful, IPOB said that the inhuman treatment being meted to Kanu was meant to weaken his resolve as directed by the Federal Government agents who are now convinced that he will be set free by the court at the end of the day.

Powerful also berated those who are claiming that the Ijaw people are not part of Biafra, adding that the Ijaws are part of the Eastern region, “and nobody will ever change a people from what they are. The Ijaws are one people with one destiny with the Biafran people of the South East.We are one family. The Igbo, Ijaw, Igala, Igbanke, Igede and others have one value system and nobody can change it.”

Also, the Ogurushi Igbo, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka has appealed to the Federal Government to without further delay, release Mr Kanu unconditionally so that the Igbo elders will have a chat “with him on his group agitation for Biafra, adding that the agitation for Biafra will be more fierce if anything happens to him in prison.

“The agitation for the sovereign state of Biafra will enter into a dangerous dimension if anything untoward happens to Mr Kanu in prison. I do not think that young man has done anything deserving of the suffering he is going through in prison. I do not think that somebody without a gun or any dangerous weapon who is protesting in his own way the marginalization of his people and demanding that they be allowed to be on their own deserves to be incarcerated this long.

“Boko Haram insurgents are being tried and released even in the face of killing people, but Kanu was not caught with arms, neither was he training any violent group. So on what basis should they continue to hold him? He is only saying that his people are marginalized and therefore should be allowed to have their own country. That has not called for the kind of trial he is going through. Which treason are they talking about? I advise the Federal Government to release him unconditionally,” he said.

“I am using this forum to appeal again to the Federal Government to release Mr. Kanu. He must be counselled by the Igbo elders when he is released, and let us get things right, the young man is doing what he is doing because he discovered that his people are marginalized.As long as he did not train anybody to carry arms, he is a real Igbo man. Afterall, he did not stay in London where he has everything to enjoy. He has a genuine reason for his agitation and it must be looked into while the Igbo elders talk with him when he comes out,” he said

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