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16 Oct 2016
MASSOB accuses Igbo leaders of betrayal, threatens revolution
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra , on Sunday, threatened an ‘internal native’ revolution against political, traditional, religious and opinion leaders in Igboland.
MASSOB, which spoke in a statement signed by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, said Igbo leaders are ‘insensitive’ to the plight of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and other detained pro-Biafra activists.
Noting that the pro-Biafra agitators are ‘working’ for the Igbos, the MASSOB leader wondered why Igbo leaders, including those in government, have not spoken out against the continued incarceration of Kanu and other activists.
Madu warned that pro-Biafra groups in the South-East would launch an internal revolution against Igbo leaders if Kanu and the other detained activists spent Christmas in prison.
“The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra blasts Igbo religious, traditional, political and opinion leaders for their nonchalant and insensitive attitude towards the plight of detained Biafra agitators in Nigerian prisons.
“MASSOB charges Igbo leaders to rise up now in defense of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Innocent Orji, Sabastine Amadi, Benjamin Onwuka and other detained Biafra agitators across Nigerian prisons.
“What are the primary duties of Igbo senators and federal representatives in Abuja?
“Why must Igbo traditional rulers continue to celebrate ofalas (ceremonies) and New Yam festivals while their subjects are still in detention for Igbo cause?
“What are the religious leaders still preaching while our brethren are still in prison?
“We demand that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others will not spend Christmas in prison again or internal native revolution will start in Igboland,” MASSOB said in the statement.
The MASSOB leader went ahead to explain that the pro-Biafra agitation was also a protest against the marginalisation of the Igbos.