South East governors’ efforts to end on-going protests by Movement for the Actualisation for Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra over continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra, seem to have come to naught.
MASSOB, in a statement on Wednesday, rejected the resolutions, saying that it did not address the major reason for the protest, the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
Igbo leaders including present and past governors, ministers, National Assembly members, held a meeting and resolved to set up a committee to dialogue with the pro-Biafra agitators.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who spoke to reporters on behalf of the participants after their meeting at Government House in Enugu on Sunday, said a committee would be set up to dialogue with the pro-Biafra agitators with a view to ending the crisis.
But Uchenna Madu, the National Director of Information of MASSOB, said the only way to end the crisis is the unconditional release of Kanu.
The group also said it was worrisome that South East governors met without their counterparts from the South South region, which also witnessed some protests.
“MASSOB is not satisfied with all the meeting of Igbo leaders on Sunday because of no seriousness on the plight of Nnamdi Kanu,” Madu said.
“How can revered Igbo leaders waste a whole day in a marathon meeting without discussing our simple demand of Nnamdi Kanu’s release?
“Are they afraid of Northern oligarchy, western alliance with north or President Buhari? The governors, Ohanaeze and other Igbo leaders have proved that they’re not representing the interest and demands of Ndigbo.
“They have shown their soft mind, inferiority complex and loyalty to our oppressors, we shall prove to Nigeria that the Igbo governors, National Assembly members, other Igbo leaders are not truly in charge of affairs in Igboland.
“DSS is buying time for long incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu to impress Buhari and Northern political cabals that they can frustrate Biafra revolution.
“Long incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu by DSS will only motivate, inspire and increase the moral of Biafran agitators. How long shall they continue to detain an innocent man who already commands the massive respect of Ndigbo even in detention?
“MASSOB and IPOB members are not demonstrating or protesting against infrastructural decay in Igboland or non-inclusion of Igbos in major political appointments but the release of our brother, Nnamdi Kanu, who represents the genuine desire of the people Eastern region.
“Other demands and clamour of Ndigbo as a result of the current political tension are good but major one now is the release of Nnamdi Kanu.”