*Igbo leader to MASSOB: Biafran Republic not now
By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA — A human rights group, the Campaign for Democracy, CD, South East Zone, yesterday, condemned what it termed last Sunday’s invasion of some sacred worship centers by the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, during their thanksgiving church service to mark their 16th anniversary.
In a press statement to newsmen in Onitsha yesterday, Chairman of CD in the South East Zone, Uzor Uzor said the action was not befitting of the security operatives.
According to the statement, “Tell me if such a practice will happen in a civilized society like Europe, America, Asia?
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, should apologise to all the clergy men in the South East region for invading their various churches in search of MASSOB men and at the same time, he should ask them for forgiveness to avoid incurring the wrath of God,” Uzor stated.
He asked rhetorically: “When has a thanksgiving become an offence to have warranted such an invasion? The IGP should order the release of all the MASSOB members and other citizens arrested during the invasion with immediate effect”.
But the Ogirishi of Igboland, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka has advised those who identified themselves as MASSOB members to stop deceiving themselves by parading themselves in a manner that presents them as treasonable offenders because it is not yet time for Biafra to come.
He said Biafra will come after adequate security is installed in all parts of Igbo land and all Igbo investors brought back their investments back to the land and transform South East into a Taiwan, Japan or Dubai of Africa.
In a telephone chat with newsmen yesterday, Ezeonwuka declared: “the MASSOB members should forget the movement for now and concentrate on giving adequate security to Igbo land so as to create a conducive atmosphere for Igbo sons and daughters who have their investments scattered all over the world to bring them back home for the development of Igbo land. It is only then that we can now concentrate and begin to chart the Biafra course.
“Biafra is not yet ripe for now but it will come at the appropriate time. If they think they will get Biafra now as their leaders are saying, it is not true. Their leaders are only deceiving and extorting them.”