The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Thursday, May 4, advised Ndigbo not to be deceived by the recent show of solidarity to the Biafra course by the Yorubas.
This comes even as the group condemned what it called Lt Gen Alani Akinrinade’s regret over his role in the killing of unprotected civilians during Nigeria- Biafra war, as it advised Ndigbo to stop celebrating Femi Fani Kayode as an Igbo hero.
Almost 50 years after the Nigerian civil war ended, a major participant in the fratricidal war and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd), has said he regrets his participation in the war fought to keep Nigeria one.
This was disclosed by nonagenarian and elder statesman, Chief Femi Olopade, at the presentation of Akinrinade’s book titled: ‘My Dialogue With Nigeria’ at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos on Wednesday, May 3.
Olopade, who was Chairman of the occasion, said based on what has been happening in the polity over the years, Akinrinade has now become the chief proponent of the restructuring of Nigeria in order to save it from imminent collapse.
However, reacting to the statement, MASSOB said it was shocking that “suddenly, the celebrated Yoruba hero Akinrinade, has realized that he participated in error because in his face, Biafra actualization and restoration is consciously glaring, and can never be frustrated again.”
This was disclosed in a statement signed by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, on Thursday, May 4, Daily post reports.
Madu said: “After enjoying the spoils of Biafra war and benefitting from it in all sorts of ways, Akinrinade is now repentant shouting for the same true federalism General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu agitated for.
“He now regrets because the cane used on the first wife is now being applied to them. When the whipping of the first wife was going on the favorite second wife was joyful and pandered to the ego of their husband.
“Since nothing lasts forever (not even love), the second wife is suddenly at the receiving end and she now realizes how evil her husband is.”
In the same vein, MASSOB also advised Ndigbo to stop celebrating Femi Fani-Kayode as an Igbo hero “for coincidentally attended Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court session the day he was granted bail or because he met Nnamdi Kanu in kuje prison during his sojourn to prison for his criminal case of corruption.”
Madu said that “our enemies must not be celebrated more than our own heroes.”
He said: “In as much as our brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu can visit anybody he wishes, Ndigbo must learn from our past and history.
“All of a sudden, Femi Fani-Kayode is being celebrated now as Igbo hero because he utilises an opportunity. This is the same Femi Fani-Kayode that poured invectives on Igbos last year with no singular regard or respect for Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Eze Igbo Gburugburu) to the extent of claiming that Ojukwu’s wife was his girlfriend; he even assaulted Iyom Bianca Ojukwu that he impregnated her.
“He deliberately insulted Ndigbo and spited on the person of Ikemba. It is regrettable now that some uninformed Igbo people are singing praises of Kayode as a great champion of the Ndigbo.”
He added: “Our people need to be guided by history. MASSOB wishes to remind the people of Biafra the subtlety of Oduduwa people which was seen on the January 1966 coup that was occasioned by the unrest in the West, that was planned to release Obafemi Awolowo and install him the Prime Minister.
“Things got out of hand and snowballed into a civil war. The Yorubas pitched tent with the rest of Nigeria and fought the people of Biafra to the bitter end. Awolowo who it was alleged the coup plotters wanted to install as Nigeria leader devised starvation as war strategy and £20 as poverty policy against the people of Biafra. Then, the Yoruba nation lost its voice when the going was good for them.
“As Biafrans, we must be cautious because a leopard never changes its spots. Recently, there was mayhem in Ife between the Yorubas and the Hausa community. After the initial sound and fury, they have resorted to a quiet diplomacy for settlement.”
Voice of Ndigbo recalls that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail by Justice Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, April 25.
However, Justice Nyako denied Kanu’s three co-accusers – Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawuisi bail.
Kanu was later released on Friday, April 28, after meeting the bail conditions given to him by the court.
On Monday, May 1, made his first appearance after his release from Kuje Prison. He paid a courtesy visit to a former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode.
Fani-Kayode while welcoming Kanu, said, it was his pleasure to receive the IPOB leader in his house.