By Ayo Kehinde
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has lashed out at the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, whose members attacked Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany during the the Igbo traditional celebration of Iji Nri, new yam festival, on Saturday.
According to Newsexpress, MASSOB apologised to Ekwerema, former Deputy Senate President for the physical attack on his person and welcomed the outpouring of condemnation from well-meaning Nigerians.
It frowned at the threat of similar treatment directed at Southeast governors by IPOB.
MASSOB in the statement signed by its National Director of Information, Comrade Edeson Samuel, said;
“MASSOB as a leading figure of current Biafra agitation advises other pro-Biafra groups including IPOB that Igbo political leaders are not the major obstacle of our chances of achieving independence from Nigeria state. The major hurdles militating against the freedom of Biafra people from Nigeria is non-cohesion and brotherhood among the leaders of leading pro-Biafra groups. The tendency of superiority complex on ideology and the spirit of lordship over others are the detrimental tendencies grossly affecting the freedom of Biafrans”, said Samuel in the statement.
“Ekweremadu and other perceived and alleged enemies of Biafra are not our major obstacle against Biafra. IPOB can never actualize Biafra alone, neither MASSOB, LNC, BNC, BIM and others operating individually can achieve Biafra alone. Biafra will be more achievable when a strong coalition of MASSOB, IPOB, Lower Niger Congress, BNC, BIM and others from Niger Delta regions are established under a collegiate leadership.
“The tendency of grooming authoritarian leadership under any guise in Igbo land and Biafra in general will never be tolerated because the republican nature of Igbo man does not allow such authoritative and empirical rulership.
“MASSOB also condemns the directives to attack the governors of Southeast. Consciously attacking a governor will never give us Biafra but will continue sending our youths to untimely deaths because every attack on a governor will attract the trigger happy Hausa Fulani security agents in Igbo land to open fire on our defenceless youths. Tomorrow, they will say governors ordered the killings of IPOB members.”
Meanwhile, police in Germany have reportedly arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked Senator Ike Ekweremadu in the European country.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, made the revelation in a tweet.
“I condemn in its entirety the attack on former DSP Ike Ekeremadu at an event in Nuremberg, Germany, nobly put together by Ndi Igbo Germany, where he was attacked.
“I hope the culprits, some of whom have been arrested, will face consequences for their shamefully pathetic actions,” she wrote.
The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, his predecessor, Bukola Saraki and Ekweremadu’s colleagues have sent messages of solidarity, just as Ohanaeze Ndigbo, governors of the Southeast, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, have condemned the attack.