The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Tuesday said the independence of Eastern Nigeria was not negotiable, insisting that the lives of their people were being threatened.
MASSOB at a press conference held in Lagos to commemorate its 17th anniversary of non-violent agitation, urged the United Nations and other world leaders to grant the region sovereignty.
Citing a report allegedly released by the UN in Awka, Anambra State, some weeks ago, MASSOB claimed that the Nigerian government has marked some people for elimination, adding that the country was deeply divided along ethnic, religious and regional lines.
Addressing reporters and MASSOB members, a regional leader, Calistus Eze, accused the government of plots to exterminate Biafra.
He said: “Our people are being killed and farms destroyed by the Nigerian Armed Forces and herdsmen on daily basis. We can no longer live with the people where our security, justice and freedom are not guaranteed. We declare that on the independence of Biafra we stand and nothing else.”
The group also debunked rumours that its leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, has abandoned them after collecting money from the government, insisting that Uwazurike would never betray Biafra. The Nation