By OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA — Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of, MASSOB, has threatened to divide the country if their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, was arrested for trial over treason.
MASSOB members who marched in large numbers in their Biafran uniform to all major streets of Onitsha, yesterday, carried placards with various inscriptions.
Speaking through its regional administrator for Onitsha Region 4, Chief Arinze Igbani, MASSOB said the protest was anchored on the basis of injustice, incessant harassment and killing of Igbo people across the country.
It made reference to Apo six killing of Igbo youths who are yet to get justice after several years the crime was committed and urged the federal government to refrain from the arrest of MASSOB members who he described as non-violent agitators.
Igbani lamented that Igbos had continued to sacrifice their lives for the unity of the country without any commensurate compensation, adding that Boko Haram militants that had carried out violent attacks on Nigerian citizens and institutions was on the verge of being granted amnesty by the federal government.
He vowed that MASSOB would continue to agitate for self-determination no matter the government’s harsh approach that exposed their lives to danger.
He called on all “Biafrans” both at home and in the Diaspora to observe June 8 as a day of sober reflection to pay their respect to all Igbos killed in Nigeria by the powers that be.
He said: “I call on Igbos in Nigeria and in diaspora to remain at home on June 8, this year as a mark of respect for all fallen heroes of “Biafra who have been massacred in the Country for the simple excuse that they’re Igbos.
“Why must the Federal Government subject Ndi-Igbo to second class citizens in a country they have helped to build?”
In his remark, Anambra State MASSOB coordinator on Security, Comrade Nnaemeka Onyemaechi disclosed that the security agents in the state have strategized on how to clamp down and kill MASSOB members and their sympathizers and called on all Igbos to observe June 8 as a sit-at-home to escape the brutality of the Country’s Security agents, stressing that MASSOB would continue to agitate the independence of her people no matter the threat.