The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has vowed not to give up until the Independent State of Biafra is actualized.
The group was reacting to a statement by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Nigeria cannot afford to disintegrate.
MASSOB said on Saturday that contrary to the VP’s statement, the country had already disintegrated.
Osinbajo had in Calabar said Nigeria could not afford to break up and added that the heterogeneous nature of the country earned it respect from other nations.
But MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Sunday Okereafor told Punch that the Igbo had continued to suffer marginalisation, including the absence of good federal roads in the South-East.
Okereafor, who also spoke on the rejection of the South-East Development Bill by the House of Representatives, pointed out that it would be difficult for the Federal Government to develop the region during the current recession.
“We are saying no to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s call for Nigerians to come together. There has been no plan or intention to develop the South- East. It will remain undeveloped. We have no road in the region. Can they start now that the recession is on? It is laughable to think that the Federal Government can develop the South-East and South-South now.
“Today, Biafra is the answer. We cannot negotiate and we cannot come together again. We have said it is Biafra or nothing and we cannot negotiate it with anybody for the sake of our future.
“Nigeria has already disintegrated. Fulani herdsmen are attacking innocent Nigerians and this is one of the signs that Nigeria is not one again. MASSOB is saying that on Biafra we stand,” he said.
The MASSOB spokesman pointed out that Osinbajo was aware that the South-East was marginalised, adding that the call for the development of the area was just.
“In the whole world, it is on record that only MASSOB had a successful sit-at-home protest and non-violent movement. We want the acting president to know this,” Okereafor added.