Biafra: MASSOB factions on warpath over sit-at-home order
Ahead of tomorrow’s sit-at-home directive for the Biafra’s 50th anniversary, members of the Uchenna Madu-led Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB)/ Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) are already on warpath.
However, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to jettison their plans to force citizens of the Southeast and the South-south to observe their sit-at-home directive tomorrow.
Ekweremadu, who said this during an inter-denominational church service at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Abakaliki, Ebonyi state to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day celebration, urged the groups to embrace dialogue just as he told civil servants to ignore the IPOB, MASSOB’s sit-athome directive.
He said: “The groups should not pursue its agitations and concerns with force or other forms of armed struggle as individuals who operate private businesses and want to stay at home on that day should stay while those who want to operate their businesses should also be allowed to do so.
“The struggles and concerns are genuine but with collaboration of all, constructive engagement, we would surely get to our destination no matter how long it takes.” Meanwhile, Uchenna Madu-led MASSOB had insisted that its members must observe the sit-at-home declaration tomorrow as there was no going back on the Biafra’s golden anniversary.
But MASSOB/BIM disagreed. It said that the declared sit-at-home was unlawful and illegal, hence its members would not be part of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra’s (MASSOB) sit-at-home declaration.
These were contained in statements differently issued yesterday by the two organisations rooting for the independent state of Biafra. Specifically, MASSOB/ BIM in a release jointly signed by three zonal leaders of the group- John Nwfuru (Ebonyi North), Gideon Iloke (Ebonyi central) and Simon Ezaka (Ebonyi south), said MASSOB/BIM which had declared a week long activity and public holidays to mark what it called ‘New Biafra’ disassociated itself from the sit-at-home declaration as it was unlawful and illegal.