Over 5,000 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, embarked on a protest march in Aba, Abia State, threatening that nobody can stop the actualization of a sovereign state of Biafra, reports Vanguard.
Sporting all-black attires and Biafra emblems, the group marched from the Ariaria International Market through Faulks Road to Okigwe Road.
A cross-section of them, who spoke to newsmen, said they were protesting the statement allegedly made by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would crush Biafra.
They threatened that there will be no peace in Nigeria until freedom is granted to an independent state of Biafra.
“We are protesting against President Buhari’s statement that he will crush Biafra. We want to assure him that nobody can crush Biafra, not even a thousand Buharis. It will surprise him that Biafra will be actualized during his reign as Nigeria’s President. Buhari supports Western Sahara and Palestine to be granted sovereignty while he continues to suppress Biafra.”
The protest though peaceful, caused traffic gridlock as police patrol teams moved around the city while soldiers were on standby to provide security.
Similarly, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), yesterday, stressed that President Buhari and his administration cannot stop the agitation for Biafra state.
Reacting to the President’s statement, MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu urged the President to mind the way he talks on issues that borders on Nigeria’s diplomatic relations with other strong nations.
“Buhari’s statement can be described as that of a frustrated man, who has lost focus on international policy regulations and charter on self-determination.
“He talks with military mentality of 1960 during Nigeria-Biafra war, not knowing that the methods and strategy of the current Biafra struggle for restoration differs from the old one.
“The world now is a global village and autocratic and tyrannical leadership doesn’t prevail in this present world. Biafra struggle is a survival and advancement which Buhari can never stop. Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan could not stop it.”
IPOB in a statement titled “Forced back to the trenches”, and signed by its spokespersons Emma Mmezu and Clifford Iroanya, it said “it was challenged by President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement in his home State in Katsina that there will be no Biafra under him and he will use all the resources under his disposal to crush any agitation for the division of Nigeria.
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