By Eric Ugbor
ABA – Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) weekend, marked its 10th anniversary with church services held at designated venues.
MASSOB was formed on September 13, 1999 by its leader, chief Ralph Uwazuruike with the sole aim of using non violent method to secure independence for the people of south east and parts of south south geo-political
In Abia State, the anniversary ceremony was held at Ohafia, the headquarters of Abia North senatorial district.
Preaching a sermon at the occasion titled,”God’s promise to Israel”, the Abia North 1 region administrator, evangelist Egwu Arua said Ndigbo as a tribe of Israel must surely get to the promised land.
Quoting copiously from the Bible, Arua who described Uwazuruike as the Moses of Biafra, stated that the ills plaguing the Nigerian nation would be over when Biafra is free.
Arua who noted it was not yet uhuru for the movement, however gave positive appraisal for the struggle in the past ten years.
He said the struggle apart from the impart it has made in the international community, has also succeeded in given Ndigbo a new identity, stressing that Igbos have been enlightened through the struggle to know they are not accepted in the Nigerian federation.
He disassociated MASSOB members from spate of kidnappings going on in the south east, saying, “Kidnappers carry guns while we don’t”,
Arua called on Igbo elites who are opposed to the struggle to have a rethink as actualizing the state of Biafra was in the best interest of all Igbos.
In a solidarity message read by Mr. MatthewÂ O. Matthew, the region’s director of information, comrade Uchenna Madu on behalf of MASSOB leader, Chief Uwazuruike, urged members not to quiver in their support for the movement.
He condemned the action of some of his members in London who are calling for the formation of a Biafran army, saying the Organization as a non violent body had no need for a standing army.
On the 2010 governorship election in Anambra State, he stated that, “MASSOB does not recognized Nigerian governorship election in Anambra State in 2010 and cannot participate in the said election”, adding, “MASSOB has no intention to disruptÂ the governorship election in that State or else where”.
MASSOB he said has withdrawn subvention for its radio services arm, voice of Biafra, London over what he called unethical practcies by some of the principal workers and called on members to stop contributions towards sustainingÂ the station.
Highlights of the event were match past, football match and singing competition. Over 2,000 members who participating in the anniversary ceremony, later took a prosession match with Biafran flags round the city.