The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra has urged Ndigbo to ignore the order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that called for sit-at-home on May 30.
MASSOB also accused IPOB of ignorance and lacking the knowledge of the circumstances and events of the struggle towards actualizing the independence of the state of Biafra.
Addressing newsmen in Aba on Monday, Biafran Independence Movement/MASSOB‘s Director for Arts and Culture, Abia South zone, Reuben Ekpem, flanked by the Director, Conflict/ Reconciliation, Obed Chiedozie and Director of Information, George Ejiofor, stated that IPOB’s directive to Biafra people to sit at home on May 30, clearly suggests that the group is bent on inflicting more pains on Ndigbo and knows nothing about the struggle for the actualization.
He said, “IPOB knows little or nothing about Biafra. Biafra day is May 22, not May 30. For IPOB to declare May 30, the day Biafra was declared by Ojukwu, as at home day for Biafra implies that they do not know the history of Biafra. We have been on the struggle till 1999 till date. IPOB should stop using propaganda and inquire from Uwazuruike about the details of the Biafra struggle. MASSOB encourages Biafra people to come out on May 22 to celebrate the new Biafra which Chief Ralph Uwazuruike launched in Aba on May 22, 2000. They should ignore IPOB’s sit at home order.
“There will be no closure of markets, school or banks and other business centres. Unlike IPOB, we cannot be seen to be inflicting pains on the same people we seek to liberate. It is a day of independence, a day of joy; not sit at home. Biafra people are free to come out to celebrate and enjoy.
‘From 23rd to 29th May, it is celebration while 30th May will feature inter-zonal football matches. You have seen the programmes lined up, why will IPOB seek to confine our people to sit at home and mourn when they should be celebrating? IPOB is sabotaging Biafra.We urge Biafra people not to be deceived by IPOB’s propaganda.”