The National Director Of Information Of The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB has said it will continue with the struggle to secede from the country despite the fact that Nnamdi Kanu the leader of IPOB and his followers has retreat.
MASSOB claimed on Saturday that the IPOB leader had compromised on the struggle to achieve an independent state of Biafra after he met with some politicians.
During a phone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH the director says it would not be deterred by IPOB’s action, adding that MASSOB would not relent in its crusade to get a sovereign state through non-violent means.
Okereafor stated, “IPOB has compromised the struggle; the IPOB leader (Nnamdi Kanu) has had a handshake with the Federal Government. He has embraced restructuring. What are we going to restructure in Nigeria? We are saying no to that.
“He (Kanu) has told the world that he has compromised and he has deceived millions of people. But we are insisting that it is Biafra or nothing. We are storming Onitsha on September 13 to celebrate our 18th anniversary.
The IPOB leader is saying that after restructuring of Nigeria, he will abandon the struggle. He has a hidden agenda. He has access to politicians, senators and governors. He is in the struggle for his selfish interest. But we are telling the Federal Government that on Biafra we stand. No matter the intimidation, the struggle continues.”
Asked if MASSOB was not aware of the warning from President Muhammadu Buhari to groups pushing for the country’s disunity to stop doing so, Okereafor said that the President could not have been referring to their movement.
He said that the President could have been referring to Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen raping, killing and destroying people’s farmlands.
He said, “Our struggle is based on non-violence. We (MASSOB) are not among those President (Muhammadu) Buhari mentioned that they have crossed the red lines because we have been non-violent in our struggle.
The groups threatening Nigeria’s unity are Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen, who are his brothers. Look at it now, Boko Haram is looking for autonomy and the Fulani herdsmen are not interested in the unity of Nigeria and they are killing people all over Nigeria. Yet, none of them has been prosecuted.
“We have continued to tell the Nigerian Government to hold a sovereign national conference. Must we go to war? Must we stay together in Nigeria? Boko Haram is saying that they want Islamic Republic and the Fulani herdsmen are going everywhere raping and killing people and destroying farmlands.
Buhari knows who he is talking to; it cannot be MASSOB because we are non-violent.”
Okereafor added that contrary to President Buhari’s statement, at no time did former leader of Ndigbo, late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu, renounce Biafra.
However, efforts by our correspondent to reach the spokesman of IPOB, Mr. Emma Powerful, to react to MASSOB’s claim that Kanu had abandoned the Biafra struggle was futile as his mobile indicated that it was switched off.