By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
ENUGU—The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, revealed that it has completed rituals involved in the invocation of the late Biafran warlord, Chief Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s spirit to haunt all political, religious and traditional leaders in the South-East geopolitical zone for failing to demand Federal Government’s intervention on the decay of infrastructure in the region.
The pro-Biafra group lamented that successive governments had continued to play politics with the construction of the Second Niger Bridge, Onitsha Sea Port, Aba Dry Port, Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Onitsha-Okigwe Federal Highway, Umuahia- Arochukwu-Ibibio-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Federal Highway, Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene-Uyo Federal Highway, Onitsha-Orlu-Mbano-Umuahia Federal Highway, Owerri-Mbaise-Umuahia Federal Road and Onitsha-Adani-Nsukka Federal Road, which it said have crippled the economy of the region.
A statement made available to Vanguard by MASSOB’s Leader, Uchenna Madu, read in part: “We have completed rituals involved in the invocation of the late Biafra warlord, Chief Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s spirit to haunt all political, religious and traditional leaders for refusing to fight for the emancipation of Ndigbo from Nigeria’s anti-Igbo policies of subjection.
“The educational system and operation in Igboland is the worst hit, even though Ndigbo have the most brilliant and best students in Nigeria since the introduction of WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB and NABTEB.
“Primary and secondary education in Arewaland and Yorubaland are free, sponsored by the Federal Government since after the Nigeria-Biafra war. But such academic and educational leverage is not extended or applied to Ndigbo.
“Though Nigerian government has deliberately abandoned and neglected Igboland and Ndigbo to suffer, why must Igbo political, religious, traditional and economic leaders complement our oppressors’ deliberate and constant government policies against our peoples’ survival in Nigeria?
“Why should elective and self-acclaimed leaders in Igboland continue to sing the praises of our oppressors and political enemies?
“Ndigbo have abandoned the legacies and visions of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Eze Igbo Gburugburu). Even his image, personality and name are no longer respected or regarded in the political, economic, social, traditional and religious lives of Ndigbo. With our ritual completed, Ojukwu and our ancestors will haunt all these Igbo leaders.”
Meanwhile, the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, has raised the alarm over alleged “incessant kidnapping and the killing of Biafran civilians in Aba, Abia State, by soldiers.”
IPOB, in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, alleged that “the soldiers stationed around Ngwa High School and other places in Abia State have devised a means of arresting ordinary citizens after searching them, by taking them to unknown places where they are killed.
“We observed that the situation is deteriorating to the extent that people are living in fear in Aba. This is another way of exterminating the lives of Biafrans.
“We are calling on the international community, human rights organisations and well-meaning Nigerians around the world to come to our rescue, because the Nigerian government and her security agents use strange strategies to ensure Biafrans’ extinction.”
But military authorities in Aba have dismissed the claim by IPOB as a blatant lie.