The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, says no Igbo man can ever be Nigeria’s president as most Igbo leaders have become political slaves in the country.
In a statement signed by its leader, Uchenna Madu which was released on Tuesday, the group alleged that the structuring of Nigeria has almost turned Ndigbo to become a minority group in Nigeria. Hear them;
“The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared that onye Igbo may not be president of Nigeria again because Igbo leaders are political slaves in Nigeria. Even 2019 and 2023 will come and go, Igbo man will not be president of Nigeria.
“We insist on Biafra actualization and restoration through non violence, not Igbo presidency. The way Nigeria is structured politically, it will be very hard for an Igbo man to be president of Nigeria.
“The structuring almost reduced Ndigbo to a minority tribe in Nigeria but history has always proved that Ndigbo are the largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria. Even though five states were accorded to Ndigbo in Nigeria, we are the largest ethnic group in every state after the indigenes of that state.
“In all the nations of the world, Ndigbo are also the largest Nigerian ethnic nationality, even during the yuletide, all the states in Nigeria became temporal deserts and inhabitable because Ndigbo, that make every state thick, have returned to their native hometowns.
“Even with our population and handshake with some geopolitical zones, it will be hard for onye Igbo to be Nigerian president because there is a grand consensus plot against Ndigbo in Nigeria.”
MASSOB insists that the only factor which will force Nigeria to cede the Nigerian presidency to Ndigbo is the total support of Biafra actualization struggle because that’s the only working panacea that attract regional interest to the presidency.
A few weeks back, MASSOB had reiterated its support for the 2018 national census, regretting what happened in 2006 when MASSOB prevailed on the people to boycott the exercise, which led to low turnout in all Igbo-speaking states.
MASSOB leader, Mr Uchenna Madu said it was unfortunate that Ndigbo misunderstood its position during the 2006 national census, adding, however, that MASSOB used the action then to showcase its strength, popularity and acceptance in Igbo land.
According to Madu, MASSOB also has the primary aim of using the opposition to the 2006 census to draw the attention of the international community, including the United Nations, to the plight of Biafrans.
In a statement, the group also insisted that every citizen residing outside his/her state of origin must be allowed to travel to his/her state during the 2018 census exercise, for the counting in order to know the exact population of each state as it is done internationally.
MASSOB also called for the inclusion of ethnicity, which will immensely assist in knowing the total number of indigenous people and their tribes in Nigeria, which will help put to rest the ethnic arguments of the largest Nigerian ethnic groups, or the major and minor tribes.