By Andrew Onyejuruuwa
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in a statement outrightly rejected the United Kingdom (UK’s) offer of asylum for its members, saying it’s a ploy to frustrate the agitators from further agitation by Eastern Nigeria that have grown frustrated by the Nigerian state.
The group, however, said the offer is an arrangement between Nigeria’s President Muhamadu Buhari, and his All Progressive Congress (APC) government to divert the attention of the agitators.
Mr Uchenna Madu, the leader of MASSOB, in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu, said the asylum offer was part of plans by the Buhari led federal government hatched with the British government against the realisation of Biafra Republic.
“The government of Britain is the sole architecture of the political, economic and religious problems of the people of Biafra in Nigeria even till today. It has not shown any remorse or apologise to the people of Biafra.”
The statement further added, “Britain killed, maimed mesmerised and wounded our fathers, mothers and brethren through the Hausa Fulanis. MASSOB rejects their asylum gift. How can the chief persecutor of the people of Biafra suddenly turn to be our pacesetter? Britain and Nigeria can no longer deceive the world again concerning the plights of the people of Biafra. Our unified resilience, resolutions and unshakable spirit of no surrender will continue to hunt down this geographical expression called Nigeria,” insisting that “MASSOB demands referendum on Biafra not asylum.”