Prior to his trip to Britain, President Muhammadu Buhari described agitations by different groups in Southern Nigeria as an effort in futility. Describing IPOB agitators as kids, Buhari vowed that Nigeria would rather drown than to Biafra to happen.
That statement drew the ire of vocal Biafran agitators. The leader of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike said “The important thing is not what Buhari said because he is mistaking as the Biafra which was defeated in 1970 is not the same with what we have today. Biafra cannot be defeated because its realization is already at hand and the activities of the Fulani herdsmen has now made it even easier.”
“Buhari is the president of his country, Nigeria, and he is free to say whatever he wants. We want to assure our people that Biafra will be achieved before the end of his tenure. We have our focus, which is to actualize Biafra through non-violent struggle. So, if anybody feels like drowning, Biafra will not drown alongside that person, it will remain afloat.”
In his remarks, ex-Biafran warlord, Col. Joe Achusia (rtd.) stated that “Buhari calls himself Arewa. In the South-West they have Afenifere, why can’t they allow us to have our name as it was even before the amalgamation? What is in a name? Is it a boogie name?
“Except an individual has malice against another that is when you begin to deny him of his identity. We are not asking for the Biafra of the secessionist era, we are asking for a name and let people see us for who we are.
“People should not panic because of the President’s personal opinion, it is his opinion. As such, people should not get angry unnecessarily or start reading meaning to it.”
On its part, IPOB said the freedom of Biafrans was unstoppable despite all the killings, incarcerations and intimidation.
“We are about to cross the Red Sea, we are confident of what will soon happen to Pharaoh and his chariots, we can sight the Promised Land; victory is assured.
Buhari should rather busy himself with David Cameron than sink Nigeria. He is inadvertently threatening the peace of his country, Nigeria. Shouldn’t he be tried for treason as he has infamously done to our leader, Nnamdi Kanu?
“We are marching in solidarity and in honor of over 200 of our members killed. And the over 100 others who are still missing and to state to the whole world that your death will not be in vain.”