By Agbo Sunday, Abakaliki
Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has condemned the on-going secrete trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki by its leader Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB described Kanu’s secrete trial as sign of jittery, frustration and incompetence by the federal government on the IPOB leader’s case.
It warned the federal government not to toy with the lives of Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and others standing trial on frivolous criminal charges at Abuja federal high court, insisting that Kanu and others Biafra agitators did not commit any crime against the government .
“MASSOB sees the Rigmaroles, secret trial and over ambitiousness of Nigeria State Security Services (SSS) and Prison Services as a gravely sign of jittery, frustration and incompetence of Buhari led Nigeria government. Justice Binta Nyako is directly playing the tune of his Fulani Islamic brother for the interest of Sokoto caliphate.
“The people of Biafra shall never succumb to this systematic intimidation; the so called secret trials will never see the light of the day because my brothers Nnamdi Kanu and others did not commit secret crimes. MASSOB will continue to support and solidarities with Nnamdi Kanu and other Pro Biafra agitators incarcerated because of Biafra.
“ We also remember the traumatic plight of our members detained at Onitsha and Awka prisons since 2006, they includes Innocent Orji, Sabastine Amadi, Ikechukwu Chikwem, Peter Igbokwe, Uchenna Nicholas, Uche Idika, Casmir Odokara, Eni Kalu, Chidiebere Ezekwem, Chima Asoh (cripple), Ojimba Anyanwu, and Ndubuisi Okam. Others are Emmanuel Orji, Micheal Okezie, Ikechukwu Aghari, Mmaduabuchi Asika, Chinwike Irondi, Chukwuma Kalu, Chukwuebuka Ikenwa, Amah Onu, Okwudiri Basil (female) and Onyekachi Orji (female).
“Among these 22 detained members in the prisons custody are a crippled man and two females. MASSOB charged Igbo leaders to know that the political pride and masquerades of Igbo land which the Nigeria federal government fears much is Pro Biafran groups like MASSOB, IPOB and others with exception of Uwazuruike’s BIM which has grossly compromised itself. Neglecting these groups is totally neglecting your political future’’, the statement stated.
MASSOB congratulated the new leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and urged them to place the interest of the Igbos above self and Nigeria.
Ohaneze Ndigbo should know that piloting the affairs of Ndigbo on the platform of Ohaneze Ndigbo is strictly based on Igboism which means Igbo political, economic, social, academic, religious interest first before Nigeria and personal interest. With the current political development in Nigeria, consciousness of Biafra actualization and Igbo political target in 2019, the Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership is no longer private businesses as usual.
“ MASSOB is not interested if Fulani President Buhari sponsored your leadership through his political allies in Igbo land, MASSOB and other Pro Biafran groups as stakeholders in Igbo land will hold you revolutionary responsible if there is any political, economic, academic and social compromise against Igbo native interest. We shall work together with Ohaneze Ndigbo for greatest Igbo interest in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned the federal government against secrete trial of Kanu.
New President-General of the organization, Chief Nnia Nwodo who spoke to reporters in Abakaliki condemned the secrete trial and called on federal government to try Kanu in public.
‘’If Kanu is guilty of any offence, he should be tried in public, let the whole world know how the trial goes. It is unfortunate he is just one man suffering what all of us believe in and that is the Igbo course. I cannot see why he should continue to be in detention.
‘’There should be normal practice of law court. He has to be tried in public and as a lawyer; I know that the most important thing is that the right thing should be done in this type of case. You cannot receive a returnee of Boko Haram in the state House and continue to detain this young man’’, he said.