Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday condemned the inclusion of its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, as one of those selected to negotiate with the federal government to end its agitations.
The group said it would not be a part of any negotiation to stop over 17 years of struggle for the actualisation of Biafra.
In a statement issued by the National Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson, after its National Executive Council Meeting in Okwe, the group rejected the inclusion of Madu’s name in the list of trusted Igbo leaders to negotiate with the federal government.
It however warned a splinter group, Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra (REIPOB) to stop including MASSOB in the negotiation list.
It reads: “The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), after our National executive meeting at MASSOB headquarters, Okwe, warns the Re-IPOB to stop their unguided and stupid exhibitions in the name of Biafra which will bring harms to them than good.
“We condemn and reject the inclusion of our leader’s name, Comrade Uchenna Madu as one of the trusted persons to negotiate for Biafra on behalf of Re-IPOB with FG.”
It further stated that MASSOB can never allow her image, leadership or name to be dragged into, what it called, a dirty mud of cheap propaganda of over 17 years of Biafra struggle.
“MASSOB 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. 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 or can be renounced, it’s not personal or religious belief, faith or human establishment; Biafra is the very existence and future of our people.
“What is Re-IPOB negotiating, a group that comes up today and wants to negotiate Biafra immediately. Who is fooling himself? What have you done for Biafra or what headache has Re-IPOB done that will force FG to negotiate with them? Biafra struggle is not a business venture.
“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,” it also stated.