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OBJ bribed us to forget Biafra, MASSOB alleges

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, on Monday, replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo over a statement credited to him that Biafra is dead, saying Biafra is not dead and will never die. The group also alleged that the former President tried to bribe it leaders in 2006.

The group state this in a statement by its Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson.

Obasanjo, had said while presenting a paper entitled: “Resurgent Biafra Agitation: Born in Error, Ignorance and Frustration,” at a public discussion on Biafra, organised by Nextier Advisory in Abuja, insisting that Biafra was a dead issue, dismissing the current agitation for the resurrection of the Biafra secessionist agenda as a hopeless and futile exercise.

In the statement, MASSOB said Obasanjo had tried to destroy the pro-Biafra group in the past, during his time as the country’s president, adding that the struggle for the actualization of Biafra survived, despite persecution masterminded by Obasanjo’s administration, including the killing of about 1000 MASSOB members at Umulolo, Okigwe, in Imo State, on March 29, 2003.

“MASSOB wishes to reply Obasanjo that Biafra is not dead and will never die.

“Obasanjo should have known that after killing over 1000 MASSOB members at Umulolo, Okigwe, in Imo State on March 29, 2003, which he masterminded through Achike Udenwa, then governor of Imo State.

“The killing of MASSOB members in Onitsha, Anambra State in 2006/2007, and detention of MASSOB members in various prisons in Nigeria has not stopped our agitation.”

Edeson also alleged that Obasanjo tried bribing MASSOB leaders with ‘bag of money’ to forget the struggle for the resurrection of Biafra.

“In 2006 while Uwazuruike was in Keffi prison, Obasanjo invited us to Aso Rock where he promised us millions of naira and to send us out of the country.

“Ghana-must-go bag of money just for us to forget Uwazuruike to die in prison.

“But we rejected the offer,” Edeson said.

Meanwhile, pro-Biafra protests resumed on Monday in Aba, Abia State, as protesters stormed the city. According to reports, the protest however turned violent as the protesters clashed with security agents who tried to break up the procession.

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