By Anayo Okoli, Joseph Erunke, Francis Igata & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
ENUGU—A faction of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra,MASSOB, weekend, lashed out at Enugu Catholic Priest,Rev.Fr. Ejike Mbaka, describing his comment on the struggle for Biafra as insensitive and unguided.
Fr. Mbaka had during last Saturday’s sermon at his Adoration Ministry, condemned the recent agitation and protests for Biafra nation, describing the action as ‘evil.’
This came as the All Progressives Congress, APC, South-East geopolitical zone, yesterday, appealed to MASSOB and similar groups to end the drum-beat of war, as it could scuttle the quest for Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Apparently infuriated at the fiery clergyman’s comment, Director of Information, Factional MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu described Fr. Mbaka’s condemnation of Biafra struggle as,”selfish and shameful.
“How can a reverred Igbo clergy-man descend so low in making such a condemnable statement few days after President Buhari’s wife visited him.
“Mr. President should be aware that no money given to Mbaka, persuasion, personal friendship with him can ever frustrate or diminish the rising status, consciousness and global re-awakening/acceptance of Biafra.
Meantime,Spokesman of South-East APC. Mr .Osita Okechukwu has noted that whereas there is gross unemployment, discontent and despondency among youths in the land, it is not peculiar to the South East alone.
“The gross unemployment is nationwide and would be addressed holistically. Luckily, our son, distinguished Senator Chris Ngige is the minister in charge of employment. Pro-Biafra agitators should stop their mass action and drums of war in the over all interest of the Ndigbo at home, across the country and abroad,” he said.
Basking in the euphoria of its successful protest last week against the detention of Director of Radio Biafra based in London, Nnamdi Kanu, the MASSOB, yesterday, said that a Biafran Republic will be declared very soon without bloodbath.
The Regional Director of Information for MASSOB, Anambra State, Mr. Anene Sunday dropped the hint, yesterday, while addressing newsmen in the area, adding that they will remain a non-violent body in their struggle for achieving the sovereign state of Biafra.
“The Nigerian Police, the Army and Joint Police and Military Taskforce, JTF, have continued to attack us. It is not that we don’t know what to do, but as a non- violent body, it will not deter us from our struggle.
“They trail us with over 200 troops shooting at us and believing that MASSOB wants to take over Nigeria; no, not it, Nigeria will be and Biafra will be. We are not intrested with their Nigeria, but we are telling them that sovereign state of Biafra will soon be a reality,” he said.
Failure of leadership
Meantime, former Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Commissioner of Police, Lawrence Alobi, has identified failure of leadership of the country to address injustice as well as equitable service delivery to every part of the country as reasons for renewed agitation for restructuring of the country.
This was just as he backed President Muhammadu Buhari for scrapping the Ministry of Police Affairs, saying the ministry was almost doing the work of Police Service Commission, PSP.
Speaking with Vanguard, in Abuja, weekend, the former FCT police boss, appealed to the government to act fast by arresting the situation through addressing the issues being raised by the agitators.
Nnamdi Kanu’s parents speak
Parents of detained promoter of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has called on the Federal Government to release their son from detention, insisting that he has done nothing wrong for merely expressing a widely held opinion.
His father, the monarch of Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia North Council Area of Abia State, said it was surprising to see his son detained for so long.
Addressing journalists at his Ome Udo Palace, Eze Israel Kanu, flanked by his wife, Ugoeze, said that they were worried by the ordeal that their first son had been passing through.
“I am pleading with the Federal Government to release my son. I am aware that in Nigeria the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
“I have been asking why he is being held but I’m not getting an answer,” Eze Kanu lamented.
He disclosed that his son is not the trouble making type.