By Tony Edike
THE Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, applauded the appointment of Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the former Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The movement said in a statement issued after its national officers’ meeting, presided over by its leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, that it welcomed the appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu into Jonathan’s cabinet as a good development and advised her to take the job.
The Nigeria Community Germany, also hailed the appointment of Mrs. Ojukwu yesterday, saying based on her pedigree and heritage, “we believe that she is the best” for the office.
Rising from a meeting in Hannover Germany, the Nigeria Community Germany, said in a statement signed by its President, Mr. Chukwudi Uzoewulu, that Mrs. Ojukwu’s appointment had shown how sincere President Jonathan was with his pledge to improve the relationship between Nigerians at home and in Diaspora.
Uzoewulu noted that though the problems facing Nigerians in Diaspora were numerous, the most pressing was the voting right that they had been longing for. He expressed hopes that the president would address the issue without long.
He said: “With Mrs Ojukwu’s appointment we pray it becomes one of her major point, the achievement of this during her tenure will be deeply appreciated and recognised by Diasporas. We trust that she would also tap into the Diasporas investment opportunity which is the way forward for development of our country.”
The group enjoined all Diasporas to continue working hard and not relent in the struggle for making Nigeria the fastest growing economy by 2020.
Among leaders of the community present at the meeting held at Hannover, Germany, according to the statement were Dr E. Chukwu, Elder John Olu, Alhaji AL-Mustapha Kamaradin, Mr Nathaniel Chionye-Ejim, Engr Ken Eze, Chife Osita Nwabufor and Arch Mike Osayimwen.
In a statement signed by its National Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, the MASSOB leadership said that it has decided to participate in the coming general election in April 2011.
The statement said: “Biafra land is occupied by Nigeria government and has succeeded in imposition of stooges and errand boys from Biafra land as governors, senators and House of Reps members in the past.
“For the past eleven years, MASSOB distanced themselves in Nigeria Internal political exercise like Census and elections. Our participation now does not mean that we have abandoned the struggle for Biafra actualization or that the leadership has derailed. We are employing every available means to better the future of over forty million Biafrans.”
According to the group, “we see this election as another platform for Biafra actualization”, adding that the very reason and essence of participating in this year’s Election “is that MASSOB wants to establish credible persons, people of integrity without questionable characters, Igbo men/women with Igbo interest, people of progressive mind who are eloquent, brave and consistence who thinks the way MASSOB did.”
As stakeholders on political life of Ndigbo, the movement said it needs good governance, good representation not cowards who are selfish and Judases in Igbo land, declaring that men of inferiority complex can no longer preside over the governance and representation in our occupied Biafra land.
“As every struggle has its methodologies, we see this year’s election as another platform to showcase our numerical strength in establishing Igbo interest by using our voter’s card to elect men with Biafra blood in their veins. More than sixteen million MASSOB members have already registered for the voter’s card and are still registering,” the statement further said.