June 23, 2009

MASSOB denies pact with FG

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) has denied that its leader, Chief Ralf Uwazurike signed an agreement with the Federal Government to drop his agitation for  the actualization of Republic of Biafra.

MASSOB Director of Information, Mr. Uchenna Madu said in Onitsha, that those peddling the rumour about Uwazurike’s alleged pact with the Federal Government were those who believed that the movement was for money making and kidnaping people for ransom.

Madu, who was among MASSOB members arrested on December 7, 2005 and released on  June 18, 2009, after spending three years and six months in prison, said MASSOB was intact and more focused to ensure that Biafra was actualized.

According to him, no amount of intimidation, harassment and arrest would make them stop the agitation, adding however, that MASSOB would never adopt violent to achieve its objective.

“Biafra is my life, the struggle is my life, the spirit is in me. We will operate on a higher dimension.  We will improve on what we have been doing. There is no going back on the struggle. We don’t have guns, we don’t have knives, we don’t have sticks. All we have is our flag,” he said.

Madu, who was given a befitting reception by MASSOB members in Onitsha, said that 23 of their members were arrested and detained in Keffi prison in Nasarawa State and Kuje Prison in Abuja and named some of them  still being held in prison to include, Vincent Ekwuazi, Arinze Igbani, Izuchukwu Nzom, Samuel Onwuka, Jude Asoanya, among others whose case has been fixed for final hearing on July 8, 9 and 10, 2009.