The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has condemned the ongoing military onslaught against the people of Orlu in Imo State, while calling on the Military to channel its force towards Boko Haram and herdsmen.
The leader of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, in a statement Thursday, expressed surprised that the military could exhibit such level of high skill in a peaceful city like Orlu, when some areas in the country were on fire.
The pro-Biafran group, in the statement made available to The Nation in Awka, described the action of the security operatives as barbaric, and an action capable of heightening tension in any society
“Nigerians are blaming their government that their military personnel are not equipped in engaging the Boko Haram, Arewa bandits and Fulani herdsmen ravaging the entire nation but this genocidal military operation of Nigeria government has proved that Nigeria military is equipped for systematic elimination of the people of Biafra.
“MASSOB calls upon the international community and people-oriented Human Rights organizations to intervene on the ongoing genocidal onslaught against the people of Biafra” the group said.
It was rumoured through the social media Thursday that the second day running, the military in a show of force, had taken over some communities in Orlu, Imo State shooting sporadically.
According to the report, over 30 truckloads of soldiers and helicopters were hovering the area and passersby being drilled.
But in a quick reaction, the Vice President of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, told newsmen that the body does not react to what he described as ‘social media’ propaganda
He said the State where they claimed such action was taking place had a Governor, adding that until Ohanaeze got first-hand information on such issue, it would not react on hearsay
Okeke-Ogene said, “Ohanaeze cannot react to such. We are an organized body representing Ndigbo and we don’t act on hearsay.
“There is a Governor in that State and until we hear from him. Ohanaeze does not react without proper investigation. If it happens to be false, how do you think our people in diaspora who we are representing would take us?” Ohanaeze leader said.