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We Want Biafra Not Presidency – MASSOB Fires Ohanaeze

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The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said the South-East were no longer interested in having a president of Igbo extraction.

Naija News recalls that Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation has said it was only interested in Igbo 2023 presidency and not the pursuit of sovereign State by any group in the Southeast in what appears as a spite on Nnamdi Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist group seeking to break away from Nigeria to get a secure a sovereign State identified as “Biafra Republic.”

This online news platform understands that Ohanaeze clarified its position on Biafra and Igbo 2023 Presidency through its President in Anambra State, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene while briefing reporters after the group’s meeting on Tuesday in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

The Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation maintained that it is a right to the Southeast zone, not a privilege to get the presidency in 2023, adding that the leadership of Ohaneze has not mandated anyone or group to pursue actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra but Presidency of Igbo extraction.

But reacting in a statement by the National Director of information for MASSOB, Mr Sunday Okereafor, faulted the claim by Ohanaeze that it has the mandate to realise a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction and Biafra.

He said, “Ohanaeze has no agenda, but only pursuing their interest. They (Ohanaeze) are now shouting Igbo presidency. One of them is saying if they fail to get Igbo presidency in 2023, they will join Nnamdi Kanu to get Biafra.

“The fact is that when they get to that point, one Ibrahim will emerge, and Onu will be the Vice President.

“Ohanaeze is not the voice of the Igbo, MASSOB is the voice of the Igbo. The leaders of the Igbo are in MASSOB. If you present Igbo presidency and Biafra to the Igbo, you will see that the Igbo will pick Biafra and dump Igbo presidency.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.