The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has condemned controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi for making a disingenuous claim about pro-Biafra activism.
Gumi remarked on Monday on his Facebook page that pro-Biafra agitations in the South-East have halted due to Peter Obi’s emergence as the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general election.
However, MASSOB said in a statement on Tuesday that Gumi’s accusations were deceptive and incorrect.
In the statement signed by its Leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said that so many pro-Biafra agitators have been in the self-determination struggle for Biafra actualisation and restoration.
He said that Biafra agitators were not clamouring for the occupation of an Igbo man to be President of Nigeria.
The statement partly read, “Our agenda is known, our mission is stated, our position is unshakable and uncompromised and our goal is to actualise an independent state of Biafra through the principles of non-violence.
“We can never be cowed or intimidated by the chief patron and negotiator of the terrorist movement ravaging the entire northern region and rest of Nigeria.
“MASSOB and other pro-Biafra organisations have nothing against Mr Peter Obi and his intentions to save Nigeria from further collapse. He believes in Nigeria, we believe in Biafra. If Nigerians elect him based on his competency and pedigree as their new president, does it concern MASSOB? It’s not our business.
“Mr Peter Obi is not the first person to contest presidential election since September 1999, [when] we started the MASSOB non-violence self-determination struggle. Why attach him to us now?
“MASSOB advised Shiekh Gumi to explain his role and other Fulani cabals in the terrorist attack and breaking of Kuje prisons in Abuja. Don’t use Mr Peter Obi and pro-Biafra agitation to divert attention.”
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