By PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI— MOVEMENT for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, threatened to retaliate against Boko Haram, which has negatively affected the security situation of the country.
The group added that it would not hesitate to clampdown on the activities of the sect, if necessary steps were not taken by the Federal Government and other security agencies to checkmate the operations and excesses of the sect.
Director of Information of MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu, warned that should harassment and attacks of its members by the Islamic sect continued uncontrollably, it might be pushed into violent acts, describing the Boko Haram’s attacks in the country as a child’s play compared to what it would do if no action was taken against the sect by security agencies.
Madu, who is also the Leader Ebonyi South Region 1, expressed dismay over the alleged killing of Ndigbo by Boko Haram, warning that it would no longer fold its arms and watch its indigenes brutally killed by the Boko Haram members.
He warned: “South East is very peaceful now but the Nigeria Military personnel are trying to provoke us. We know what the Boko Haram members are doing in the North and there is supposed to be a reprisal attacks here in the South East but we have kept silent not because we don’t know what to do but simply because we don’t want to shade blood.
“We believe in non-violent approach to issues but they are pushing us to the wall; they are provoking MASSOB to become violent and if we decide to resort to violent this time around, even the Nigeria military cannot contain our attacks.
“The Boko Haram issue is a child’s play compared to what we can do if we are provoked into violence. I tell you the entire Nigeria would be on fire.
“We don’t expect the military to accept that they killed our members, last Sunday at Onitsha; they swoop on our men while they were holding their meetings in preparation for Chief Ojukwu’s burial. They went at their different meeting venue and arrested our members but at a particular venue, the members resisted the arrest and the military personnel opened fire on them”.
“What they are trying to do by denying that they killed our members is simply aimed at covering their shameful act. The Military Commander at Enugu is not in Onitsha, so he based his comment on what the officer in Onitsha told him but we have all the facts. They did not just kill them; they killed them and took away their corpse”.
“Very soon, we are going to come out with the whole fact, to tell the world the truth of the whole matter. There is no way we will just allege that the military killed our men when they didn’t. They admitted that, they arrested our men”.
”We still maintain that they killed some of our men. As am speaking with you, some of the wounded once are still at the hospital. They should please release the dead body of our members to us, so that we can give them a befitting burial.”