Owerri - The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Thursday dismissed insinuation that it was championing the cause of Biafra to colonise the South-south geopolitical zone given its huge oil resources.
A retired military intelligence officer and leader of the defunct Arewa Peoples Congress, Sagir Muhammad, had on Thursday in an interview said those agitating for a sovereign Republic of Biafra had a hidden agenda, which is to recolonize the South-south.
“They would go and within a question of less than one month they would capture all those South-south and colonise the oil fields that is the agenda of IPOB. If you look at the East, it is land-locked; they don’t have any serious minerals apart from coal”.
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Reacting to Muhammad's statement, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu in a statement on Thursday, said the Biafra struggle is not to colonize the South-south but to decolonize the region from Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba oligarchies who have held it in captives for decades.
Madu’s statement reads: “MASSOB can never be intimidated, disorganized or shaken because of some disgruntled, frustrated, confused, defeated people like Sagir Mohammed who in frustration, alleged that Ndi Igbo wants to capture and colonize the people of south-south with Biafra.
“MASSOB, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, and Lower Niger Congress, LNC, with our affiliates in Diaspora are more determined, consistent and articulated for Biafra actualization not minding the cries of Sagir Mohammed and his likes.
We are not in the Biafra struggle to colonize our south-south brethren but to decolonize them from Hausa, Fulani, Yoruba oligarchy who have held them captives for decades, subjected our brothers and sisters into slavery as was meted to Ndigbo.
“90 per cent oil wells in Niger Delta were owned by these criminal parasites of northern oligarchy. Today, the Fulani are crying fowl because they have no stake again as Nigeria is in near collapse under the leadership President Muhammad Buhari.
The people of eastern region are wiser now, formidable, united, focused and determined for survival, emancipation and independence of Biafra. Igboland is not locked as alleged by Sagir Mohammed.
The people and land of south-east region are more developed individually than the entire 19 states of northern Nigeria.”
- News 24