By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—Leader of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Solomon Chukwu, has said that his group was partnering a faction of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, for the actualization of an independent state of Biafra.
He assured that the people of the Niger Delta have nothing to fear as they will be allowed to control their resources if Biafra was actualized.
According to him: “When Biafra is actualized, children of the Niger Delta and Ogoni would be given scholarship. We assure the Niger Delta and Ogoni people from Rivers State that the Igbo do not hate them. The hatred story being bandied, but only exists in the minds of Nigerians who want to destroy the unity of the Biafran people.”
Chukwu, who spoke through MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor, after a meeting of the two groups in Gokana, Rivers State, said that the factional leader of MOSOP, Goodluck Freeman, who led the Ogoni group delegation to the meeting, promised to partner MASSOB.
The MASSOB spokesman informed that Freeman insisted that Ogoni people had suffered greatly under Nigeria and were looking for a platform to be liberated, which he said MASSOB had provided in its struggle for the state of Biafra.
Okereafor said that the MASSOB leader, Chukwu, while addressing the gathering, assured people of the Niger Delta and Ogoni that they would not only enjoy full autonomy under Biafra, but also control their resources and pay tax to the federal government of Biafra.
He added that this was in line with the seven-pillar of MASSOB/Niger Delta agreement of 2004, at MASSOB headquarters in Okwe, Imo State.