A faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday, condemned in very strong terms the presence of the Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, and some northern leaders led by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd.) at a memorial in honour of the late Biafra leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
The Ralph Uwazuruike-led MASSOB had on Thursday held the fourth annual ceremony marking the memorial anniversary of the Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Owerri, the Imo State capital, which was attended by eminent personalities from the South-East including Bianca Ojukwu, the late warlord’s widow.
Reacting to the memorial anniversary, MASSOB’s factional National Director of Information, Uchenna Madu, and Emma Powerful of the IPOB, in a joint meeting of pro-Biafra leaders and groups yesterday, condemned Uwazuruike for alleging that the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, made treasonable comments against the Nigerian state but pleaded for his release.
The groups said, “That statement is indirectly encouraging the Nigeria government to continue in their detention and prosecution of Kanu, the current Biafra hero. Uwazuruike’s call for Kanu’s release was hypocritical because his body language and the utterances of his spokesmen prove otherwise.
“The IPOB and MASSOB faction also condemn in totality the attendance of Dr. Fredrick Fasheun and over 70 Hausa/Fulani leaders, led by Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd.), as the special guest of honour to a ceremony to which Ojukwu’s name and image was attached.
“We see the so-called Ojukwu ceremony as a move to strengthen the agreement of oneness of Nigeria signed by Uwazuruike, Fasheun, Hamza Al-Mustapha, Yerima Shettima (President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum) and Asari Dokubo, among others, in September 2013 at Uwazuruike’s residence in Owerri”.
The pro-Biafra groups further frowned at the attendance of “over 70 Hausa/Fulani brothers of President Buhari to Uwazuruike’s diminished ceremony” and termed it a clear indication that Uwazuruike’s has sold himself and his followers to the Hausa-Fulani, who they labeled “enemies of Ndigbo”.