- MASSOB says the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Buratai cannot stop the Biafra movement
- The pro-Biafra group's defying statement comes on the heels of a recent warning dished out by the COAS
- Buaratai said Biafra will not be achieved in his life time
- The COAS insists that the agitation for the state of Biafra would not be successful
Following his warning that Biafra will not be achieved in his life time, the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has said its drive for the restoration of Biafra cannot be deterred by the threat of Lt Gen Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
Buratai had recently warned that not during his life time will Nigeria disintegrate.
The COAS had insisted that the agitation for the state of Biafra would not be successful in the present era and not even in the four millennia to come.
Reacting to Buratai’s comment, the Uchenna Madu led group maintained that such statement credited to the Army chief cannot stop its seccession drive.
In a statement signed by its National Secretary, Comrade Ibem Ugwuoke Ibem, MASSOB likened Buratai’s comments to what the leaders of India said before tbe country broke up leading to the creation of Pakistan.
The separatist group urged “Hausa – Fulani apologists like Buratai” to refrain from speaking against the emergence of Biafra.
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Ibem said: “The comments of Buratai and his cohorts cannot stop us. We are already in the match. Nothing can deter us.
“What does one expect from one employed by one’s master? Buratai overzealousness to satisfy his master (The Presidency) wills always overshadow him.
“I can liken Buratai’s comments to those spoken by leaders of Indonesia before their country broke into two and East Timor was created.
” I still maintain that Biafra will soon emerge out of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer has said that there is no future for the achievement of Biafra.
The ambassador said there is no support for those agitating for the secession of any part of Nigeria.
Gauer told the Guardian, that his home country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the division of the nation.
He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country.