The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for surreptitiously reminding innocent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members of Igbo extraction serving in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State, of the sordid experience of their kinsmen, during the 30-month old civil war.
Youth corps members serving in Daura, the president’s local government, on Monday, paid him Sallah visit at his private residence in the town.
The president, who specifically addressed corps members from the southern parts of the country, especially those from the Niger Delta and South-Eastern states, urged them to prevail on their brothers and sisters agitating for a sovereign state of Biafra, to forget about it.
Reacting to the president’s comment, the MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, argued that there was no point singling out Ndigbo out of the corps members that paid him the Sallah visit.
Madu, who made the group’s position known in a press statement, yesterday, said “Telling the Igbo youth corps members to inform their fellow Igbo youths in MASSOB to stop Biafran agitation, shows that he (Buhari) directly recognizes the corps members as Biafrans”.
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According to the MASSOB leader, “Buhari still erroneously think that with his kinsmen in vital positions in the military, he will easily crush Biafra. MASSOB views Buhari’s constant negative comments on Biafra as a way of reawakening consciousness among Biafrans, even as he is jittery and unsteady about our doggedness towards actualizing our lofty dream.
“We want President Buhari to continue to make similar statements that aptly express his frustration. No man can crush Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side”.
Mr. Madu also reminded President Buhari that the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, Lotachukwu Okoli and a host of others, as well as the killing, persecution, prosecution, mesmerization, suppression and oppression of Biafrans, cannot quench the agitation.