From Ada Nebolise, Awka
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) , has alleged that the attacks by gunmen in Imo and Ebonyi States are being sponsored by the Federal government as ploy to discredit pro-Biafra groups.
Leader of the group, Mr Uchenna Madu in a statement, condemned the killings in Ebonyi, the destruction of government facilities in Imo, the release of inmates at Correctional Center and the attack on former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, Prof Charles Soludo.
According to the MASSOB leader, “these acts of criminal terrorism by the so called unknown gunmen being perpetrated in our land against government facilities, security agents and some prominent individuals are being sponsored by enemies of Ndigbo.
“MASSOB condemns the terrorist attack against Chukwuma Soludo at Isuofia, we equally condemn the unwarranted killings of Ebonyi state citizens by Fulani terrorist herdsmen.
” MASSOB condemns in totality, the breaking of Owerri prison by the so called unknown gunmen.
“Through MASSOB intelligence Agency, we found out that all these attacks are being sponsored and executed by federal government of Nigeria through their protected militiamen called bandits and unknown gunmen.
“Their primary aim is to discredit non violence pro Biafra freedom fighters like MASSOB and IPOB.
” They want to create an erroneous impression that pro Biafra agitators have turned violent and militancy.
How can untrained and amateurs with no military training overpower the entire security apparatus of Nigeria in South East?
” Why is it that there was no security resistance during the breaking up of Owerri prisons and Imo State police headquarters in an operation that lasted more than one hour.
“Nigeria military cantonment, Obinze Owerri is seven minutes drive to the scenes of the crime, Imo State MOPOL base is three minutes drive to the scenes of the crime ,but no resistance from security agencies.
“The terrorist attacks in Owerri are part of the ongoing destructive measures by the President Muhamadu Buhari led administration to discredit and blackmail the pro Biafra organizations to create an erroneous impression that Biafrans are waging war against Nigeria.
“Igbo land is the most peaceful and un terrorized region.
MASSOB advised Governor Hope Uzodinma to stop heaping blames on IPOB or ESN or any other pro Biafra organization.
“Pro Biafra agitators are not responsible for all the terrorist activities in Igbo land.
“They will never stop until they achieve their desired aim. More destructive attacks will still come unless Southeast governors and other political, traditional and opinion leaders of Igbo land quickly convene a security meeting where critical stakeholders will put a a lasting strategy that will stop these devastative implosion coming to Biafra land.
“They are planning to intimidate and inflict fear on our people to frustrate Ndigbo from clamouring for 2023 presidency.”