By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—MOVEMENT for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday condemned the proposed traditional chieftaincy title to be given to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State by HRH, Eze Eberechi Dick in Aba, Abia State.
The group which described the proposal as a slap on Ndigbo wondered at the rationale for such eloquent honour on a man alleged to have always exhibited ethnical hatred for Ndigbo.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki by the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Comrade Edeson Samuel, the group threatened that it will never allow Governor Ganduje to step his foot in Aba or the palace of HRM, Eberechi Dick, describing the conferrer as a major Biafra saboteur if he decides to go ahead with the conferment of the traditional title on the governor.
“The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has condemned the proposed traditional chieftaincy title on Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano State by HRM, Eze Eberechi Dick.
“Mere proclamation of such installation is a traditional slap on Ndigbo. What is the rationale for such eloquent honour to a man who grossly and disrespectfully dishonoured and exhibited venoms of ethnical hatred for Ndigbo.
“There are many alleged atrocities and evils committed against Ndigbo by Governor Ganduje. In the case of the alleged murder of an Igbo woman named Mrs Bridget Agbahime in Kano state by sponsored Islamic fundamentalists, Governor Ganduje did nothing in the prosecution of the prime suspects.
“MASSOB recalled that on June 2, the 74-year-old kitchen utensils trader from Imo State was brutally attacked and killed at Kofar Wambai market in Kano by a Muslim mob who accused her of blasphemy. According to Biafra Intelligence Agency’s report, she was pounced upon and murdered after she refused to allow a Muslim man perform ablution in front of her shop.
“And five months into the incident, more than enough time for Governor Ganduje and the Kano State government to have arrived at a closure on that act of bestiality, what did the family get? Just when they were bracing up for a firm prosecution that will lead to conviction, they were treated to the familiar abracadabra that is peculiar to the country’s legal system.
“In what must go down as a classic judicial swindle, the chief magistrate, Muhammad Jibril, acting on the advice of the Attorney General of Kano State through Governor Ganduje discharged the suspects and terminated the case.”