Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra said on Monday it was its threat to organise an internal revolution against Igbo leaders that forced Senators from the South-East to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
MASSOB had recently accused political, traditional, religious and opinion leaders in Igboland of “insensitivity” to the plight of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and other detained pro-Biafra activists.
A MASSOB leader, Kingsley Madu, had warned that pro-Biafra groups would organise an internal revolution against Igbo leaders if Kanu and other detainees spent Christmas in prison.
Senators from the South-East zone, led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, recently held a meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa. Issues concerning the pro-Biafra agitation, including the detention of Kanu and some other secessionists, were reportedly discussed at the meeting.
Reacting to the meeting with Buhari, MASSOB, which spoke on Monday through its Director of Media and Publicity, Innocent Igbo, said the Senators ‘woke up’ to their responsibilities to their people because they were afraid of the threatened internal revolution.
MASSOB described the meeting as a welcome development.
The pro-Biafra group said, “This sudden political move of Igbo Senators to President Buhari is a welcome development even though Buhari may not easily hearken to their pleas because of his anti-Igbo policies.
“As we acknowledge the Igbo Senators, MASSOB charges Igbo House of Representative members, traditional, religious and opinion leaders to start initiating positive steps towards addressing the menace faced by our people.”