2023: We want sovereignty not Igbo President- MASSOB insists
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, yesterday, insisted that its interest for now was how to actualize a sovereign State of Biafra and not the pursuit of the 2023 Igbo president.
Fielding questions from newsmen while reacting to the bid for Igbos to clinch the 2023 Presidency, the BIM-MASSOB Anambra East leader, Anambra State, Elder Nwaorah Dennis, stated, “it is Biafra sovereignty that we want to actualize through a non-violence approach and not the 2023 Igbo Presidency”
“We have gone beyond membership of the ‘Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation’, UNPO. We are now members of the United Nations, UN, and the UN leadership is satisfied with our non-violent approach in the struggle to actualize a sovereign Biafran State.”
Elder Dennis who was flanked by his Director of Information, Comrade Charles Igbokwe, pleaded to UN to grant sovereignty to Biafrans this year having been grossly marginalized and made to suffer untold hardship in a country where it is part and parcel of.
He recalled that the non violent approach which he said was worthy of emulation instead of use of violence in actualizing a sovereign State, was the brain-child of the leader and founder of the movement, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
Contributing, his Director of Information, Comrade Igbokwe, added that, “Igbo man is not appointed membership of any of the key positions in Nigeria and even the ones we are appointed to head, we are almost rendered ineffective”
“Today, National Identification Number, NIN collection still poses a problem in Biafra land. If we now agree to have the 2023 Presidential slot, the North will object. So, when we get the sovereignty, we form our own government. The Igbo Presidential aspirants are just wasting their time and may be they want money to step aside” he stated.