There is a new twist in the British government’s decision to offer asylum to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
The MASSOB leadership on Thursday, rejected the United Kingdom’s offer of asylum for its members, describing the offer as an arrangement with the President Muhamadu Buhari and the Federal Government to distract the movements and divert the attention of the people of Biafra.
MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement circulated to the media on Thursday, in Enugu, said the asylum offer was part of plans hatched with the British government by the Buhari administration against the emergence of Biafra.
Read the full text of MASSOB statement below:
“The government of Britain is the sole architecture of the political, economic and religious problems of the people of Biafra in Nigeria even till today.
“It has not shown any remorse or apologise to the people of Biafra.
“Britain killed, maimed mesmerised and wounded our fathers, mothers and brethren through the Hausa Fulanis. MASSOB rejects their asylum gift.
“How can the chief persecutor of the people of Biafra suddenly turn to be our pacesetter? Britain and Nigeria can no longer deceive the world again concerning the plights of the people of Biafra.
“Our unified resilience, resolutions and unshakable spirit of no surrender will continue to hunt down this geographical expression called Nigeria.
“MASSOB demands referendum on Biafra not asylum.”