Published On: Sun, Jun 4th, 2017

Biafra Is Not Negotiable, MASSOB Tells Osinbajo

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The movement for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra has said it will not be cajoled into abandoning its
agitation for Biafra in reaction to a statement made by the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Nigeria cannot afford to disintegrate.

MASSOB said on Saturday that contrary to the VP’s statement. The country had already disintegrated.

Osinbajo had said in Calabar that Nigeria could not afford to break up and added that the heterogeneous nature of the
country earned it respect from other nations.

But MASSOB’s National Director of Information Sunday Okereafor, explained that the Igbo had continued to suffer
marginalization, including the absence of good federal roads in South-East.

Okereafor, who also spoke on the rejection of the South-East Development Bill by the House of Representative, pointed out
that it would be difficult for the Federal Government to develop the region during the current recession.

‘’We are saying no to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s call for Nigerians to come together. There has been no plan or
intention to develop the South-East. It will remain undeveloped. We have no road in the region. Can
they start now that the recession is on? It is laughable to think that the Federal Government can develop the South-East and
South-South now.

‘’Today, Biafra is the answer. We cannot negotiate and we cannot come together again. We have said it is Biafra or
nothing and we cannot negotiate with anybody for the sake of our future.

‘’Nigeria has already disintegrated. Fulani herdsmen are attacking innocent Nigerians and this is one of the signs
that Nigeria is not one again. MASSOB is saying that on Biafra we stand,’’ he said.

The MASSOB spokesman pointed out that Osinbajo was aware that the South-East was marginalized, adding that the call
for the development of the area was just.

According to him, the region has been patient for a long time and there was no going back in the struggle for a
sovereign state.

‘’In the whole world, it is on record that only MASSOB had a successful sit-at-home protest and non-violent movement. We
want the Acting President to know this,’’ Okereafor added.

Meanwhile, the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Forum has called on the Federal Government to implement the report
of the 2014 confab, adding that its recommendations were capable of resolving the various agitations from ethnic groups in the country.

PANDEF, in a statement signed by its Central Working Committee Co-Chairman, Obong Victor Attah, on Saturday, noted that while it acknowledge the Biafra agitation as it was borne out of marginalization and discrimination against the Igbo, restructuring of the country will end the
agitation.

It stated that the success recorded in the sit-at-home call by Biafra agitators was a clear indication that all was not
well with the country.

The statement added that the development was a wake-up call to Federal Government to start the restructuring of the country.

It stated, ‘’the challenges we face today have been as a result of changes that have been introduced into the system.
Today, we live like jealous siblings of polygamous parentage. We are at each other’s throats and clamoring for more from an incapacitated father who has
lost his ability to provide for his children. Rather the competitive development that characterized the past, we are stagnated by destructive rivalry.’’

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