By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, stated that Biafra is not negotiable and cannot be renounced as it is pivotal to the existence and future of the Igbo people.
This came as the group condemned the inclusion of Comrade Uchenna Madu as one of the trusted persons to negotiate for Biafra on behalf of Re-IPOB with Federal Government.
In a statement issued by MASSOB in Abakaliki, National Director of Information of the group, Comrade Samuel Edeson warned the Re-IPOB to stop its unguided exhibitions in the name of Biafra, threatening that it would bring them (Re-IPOB) more harm than good in the course of the struggle.
According to him, MASSOB can never allow her image, leadership or name to be dragged into a dirty mud of cheap propaganda and mesmerization after over 17 years of Biafra struggle.
The statement read in part: “Though MASSOB acknowledged the regards and respect given to Comrade Uchenna Madu as a credible Igbo leader by Re-IPOB, we insist that Biafra is not negotiable and cannot be renounced. It’s not a personal or religious belief, faith or human establishment. Biafra is the very existence and future of our people.
“MASSOB’s reaction is against the online news that included the name of Comrade Uchenna Madu (leader of MASSOB) as a member of trusted Igbo leaders to negotiate with FG on Biafra.
“What is Re-IPOB negotiating, a group that comes up today and wants to negotiate Biafra immediately? Who is fooling who? What has Re-IPOB done for Biafra and for what reasons would FG negotiate with it? Biafra struggle is not a business venture and it is not negotiable.”
“MASSOB reaction is not because of external or internal pressure but for our dignity, pride, integrity, trust and confidence the people of Biafra bestowed on MASSOB.
“We also warn those delighted in creating confusion among Pro Biafra groups with falsehood and blackmailing to desist from it now or face the consequences and punishments of saboteurs. A stitch in time saves nine”.