Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike for attributing the ongoing crisis in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.
The group also condemned the killing of residents in the area by Nigeria soldiers.
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared that it is unfortunate for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to deny his identity.
The pro-Biafra group spoke during a celebration of the 87th posthumous birthday of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
The National Leader of BNYL, Prince Chimezie Richard, who addressed reporters in Port Harcourt, called on Wike to intervene before the situation got out of hands.
The group warned that what is happening in Oyigbo could lead to rebellion against the Military elsewhere and the country will be thrown into crisis.
BNYL dismissed Wike’s claim that the hoodlums who attacked the Police station and the army were members of IPOB.
Meanwhile the Leader of MASSOB, Comrade Uchenna Madu in his speech condemned the alleged killings ongoing in Obigbo area of Rivers State.
He said the MASSOB was in condemnation of “the genocidal and atrocious activities of Nigeria Army against the people of Biafra in Obigbo.
“MASSOB sees Governor Nyesom Nwike’s denial of his Igbo identity as unfortunate and unstableness.
“MASSOB sues for peace and normalcy to return in Obigbo. We remind Gov Wike that the presidency or the Fulani cabals will never honour him for killing his people.”
Speaking on Ojukwu’s birthday, he said “Today being 4th of November ought to be a special significant day in Igboland, a historic day in the history of Biafra, aday set aside by God himself for the purpose of establishing a man, a leading figure, a symbol of his divine plan for the emancipation of His chosen race, a day the greatest Igbo man that ever lived was born. His name is Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Eze Igbo Gburugburu).
‘Ojukwu is the only Igboman that his generation, present generation and future generation will always respect, honour and adore.
“Ndigbo awesomely reverence him as our second god. I don’t wish to dwell much on the vision, mission, integrity and legacy of Eze Igbo Gburugburu, but I must point out that many Igbo persons are struggling, working or pressing to be like Ojukwu, even to be seen, addressed or worshiped like Ojukwu, many are into this journey for self glory and self pride which ultimately leads to self destruction while some are into it to make a positive point but in all, nobody can possess one quarter of Ojukwu’s exploit.
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“Today, MASSOB is celebrating, honouring and observing the 87th posthumous birthday of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Eze Igbo Gburugburu). We are celebrating a living legend, a symbol of Igboism, the lion that his fear conquers the enemies of Ndigbo.”
He said the group gathered to “reflect, refresh and revive the consciousness of Ojukwuism in Igboland.
“MASSOB is charging Igbo leaders who are once close Ojukwu associates, leaders who walked with Ojukwu while he was alive, leaders whom Ojukwu testified of their ingenuity, uprightness and loyalty to his vision, Igbo leaders who are very close to Ojukwu even in his death to rise up, to uphold and inculcate the legacies, visions, mission of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu into consciousness of the younger generation.”
According to Princewill, the protesters had no Biafra insignia and the name of the groups they belong to was not written on their foreheads.
The group wondered how Wike would be pointing accusing fingers on a particular group of people when similar incidents happened in Edo, Lagos States and Abuja
BNYL also berated Wike for dragging the name of Amaechi into the matter, adding that the Biafran movement is not being sponsored by any Nigerian politician but Biafrans in diaspora.
The sessesionist group accused the Rivers Governor of bringing Amaechi into the matter because the former Governor declared that he is an Igbo man, which according to BNYL is against the politics of Rivers State.
“We know the politics of Rivers State, we know why Wike is politicising his fight against IPOB, if not why is he involving Amaechi, because the former Governor did not publicly deny his Igbo heritage like Wike has done,” the group said.
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The group accused Wike of referring to the Igbos when he called IPOB strange elements in Rivers State, adding that the Rivers people are actively involved in the Biafran movement.
BNYL dismissed claims that the Biafran struggle is aimed at annexing territories, saying, “That is the way he [Wike] understands it, even though he knows the truth but for political reasons he is covering up.
“He [Wike] is an Igbo man but he has to appear against the Igbo to please many in Rivers State.
“He cannot say that some group of which he is referring to Igbos are renaming his community, who does not know that Obigbo was renamed to Oyigbo after it was carved out from old Imo State during boundary adjustment?
“Who does not know that Egbema was carved into Rivers State from Imo State during same adjustment and who doesn’t know Etchie people are Igbo, who doesn’t know that the name Wike is an Igbo name and that Ikwerre are Igbo?
“So, how can we annex our own people, you see the politics now, he now claims Amaechi is behind it all because he thinks Amaechi is now fully involved in Igbo affairs”.