Members of the Movement for Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have frustrated the efforts of South Eastern governors to bring the ongoing protests over the continued detention of the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu to an end.
Igbo leaders including present and past governors, ministers, national assembly members, held a meeting and resolved to set up a committee to dialogue with the pro-Biafra agitators.
In a statement on Wednesday, MASSOB rejected the resolutions, owing to the fact that it did not address the major reason for their agitation, which is the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
The group also said it was worrisome that South East governors met without their counterparts from the South-South region, which also witnessed some protests. In his address, the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu said:
“MASSOB is not satisfied with all the meeting of Igbo leaders on Sunday because of no seriousness on the plight of Nnamdi Kanu. How can revered Igbo leaders waste a whole day in a marathon meeting without discussing our simple demand of Nnamdi Kanu’s release? Are they afraid of Northern oligarchy, western alliance with north or President Buhari? The governors, Ohaneze and other Igbo leaders have proved that they’re not representing the interest & demands of Ndigbo. They have shown their soft mind, inferiority complex and loyalty to our oppressors, we shall prove to Nigeria that the Igbo governors, national assembly members, other Igbo leaders are not truly in charge of affairs in Igboland. DSS is buying time for long incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu to impress Buhari and Northern political cabals that they can frustrate Biafra revolution. Long incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu by DSS will only motivate, inspire and increase the moral of Biafran agitators. How long shall they continue to detain an innocent man who already commands the massive respect of Ndigbo even in detention?”
Mr Madu went on to say,
“MASSOB and IPOB members are not demonstrating or protesting against infrastructural decay in Igboland or non inclusion of Igbos in major political appointments but the release of our brother, Nnamdi Kanu, who represents the genuine desire of the people in the eastern region. Other demands and clamour of Ndigbo as a result of the current political tension are good but the major one now is the release of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who spoke to reporters on behalf of the participants after their meeting at Government House in Enugu on Sunday, said a committee would be set up to dialogue with the pro-Biafra agitators with a view to ending the crisis. But Mr Uchenna Madu said the only way to end the crisis is the unconditional release of Mr. Kanu.