The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), have said that the struggle for Biafra Republic cannot be stopped by any Nigerian government or leader.
The groups said that they have been strengthened by the threat of President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not allow any part of the country to secede.
Buhari was on Monday quoted as vowing to stop the agitations by MASSOB and IPOB for the creation of a Biafra Republic.
Reacting to the President’s statement, MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchena Madu, said that the President should crush the Boko Haram insurgents than threatening persons for peacefully seeking for self-actualisation.
He urged the President to be mindful of the way he comments on issues that border on critical national and international issues.
Madu accused Buhari of speaking with a military mentality of the Nigeria-Biafra war, not knowing that the methods and strategy of the current Biafra struggle differed from that era.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IPOB declared that no mortal can stop the freedom quest of Biafra.
Through its spokespersons, Dr. Clifford Iroanya, and Mr. Emma Nmezu, IPOB said it decided to embark on unplanned peaceful protest in Aba, Abia State to register its annoyance with Buhari over the comment which it described as “laughable”.
The statement read in part: “It is with a profound sense of responsibility, that we make public our reasons for quietly rolling out one of our 48 zones on the streets today (yesterday). The reasons for this unplanned peaceful march are as follows:
“We are pained by the statement Gen. Buhari made on Monday in Kastina, that the whole of Nigerian would rather perish, than our people to be free from bondage. We view that position as the mindset of a deluded man.
“It is a pity that the man cannot see that this unitary and hostile prison called Nigerian, cannot survive much longer.
“He is clearly not in touch with reality. His belief that killing us in cold blood will force us to fall in love with his dream unitary empire, where injustice, nepotism and hate reign is laughable. Our message to him is short and precise: our freedom is unstoppable,” the group said.