A pro-Biafra groups, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), have urged the Federal Government not to see the 56th Independence anniversary as anything, saying the people are suffering and see no reason to celebrate independence of the country.
In different statements issued by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful and MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, the two groups decried the untold hardship which Nigerians have been faced with.
In attacking the nation, the groups pointed out that there was high rate of unemployment in the land and hunger was stifling people not to talk of bad roads and poor electricity supply.
However, IPOB in its statement said: “We curse Nigeria for allowing the suffering of its citizens. The suffering has gone to the level where every citizen in the land cannot afford to eat one square meal a day.
“What is the meaning of celebration of independent in Nigeria while there are abuse of human rights, killing of unarmed civilians?
“What is the celebration of independence where more than 120,000 graduates from universities and colleges of education in every year the government cannot afford to employ five thousand people.
“What is celebration where most of Nigerians are into serious hardship and the government is planning to sell all the national assets in order to put more hard ship to its people. Nigeria is not a better place to live.”
On its part, MASSOB noted that: “Nigeria’s 56th independence according to many, is full of ups and down, even to some, it’s also full of blessing while some have lost hope claiming that this is not the Nigeria their forefathers established with the British colonial masters but for we in MASSOB, its a complete and total breakthrough for us. The mere existence justifies our Biafran struggle.
“We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities of the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future.
“With the enthusiastic spirit of Islamic religious fundamentalism, President Buhari, being a core Fulani man with ethnic/sentimental hatred running in his blood, he has been carrying out the command of the Northern political father.”
Meanwhile, the apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has given the Federal Government an ultimatum to release the detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally in order to save the nation from anarchy.
The Deputy President General of the group, O. A. U Onyema, disclosed this in an address he presented during Igbo World Day in Enugu.