The apex socio-cultural group of the East, Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, have disagreed on the proposed sovereign national conference’s ability to ensure the unity of the country.
While Ohanaeze said Igbo people backed the conference as the only way forward for the country, MASSOB argued that it would only yield positive results if the division of the country would be discussed.
The National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze, Mr. Tony Oganah, in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, said the shape the country would take would be known during the conference.
He said, “The East, Yoruba (South-West) and the North-Central of Nigeria are on the same page. I was a member of Pro-National Conference under late Chief Anthony Enahoro and ever since then, we have all agreed that SNC must be held. It is the only way to move forward.
“One thing I know certainly is that Nigerians want to stay together as one country under the terms and conditions the conference would define. Let us not circumvent the conference.”
The Director of Information, MASSOB, Mr. Uchenna Madu, however, told our correspondent on Friday that although the group could table its grievances at the conference, it has not given the conference a consideration.
Madu said MASSOB was not clamouring for the conference but for the actualisation of Biafra. He criticised the Senate President, Mr. David Mark‘s position that there might be no-go areas at the conference.
He noted that the group would not participate if those to convoke the conference introduced clauses that bar discussion of the country’s dissolution.
He said, “We can never depend on a clause or certain law made by certain people; we depend solely on the things that are leading us to Nigeria’s total collapse – the corruption in Nigeria, the ethnic sentiments, religious differences and the killings of our people. These are the things that can precipitate Nigeria’s total collapse.
“Look at the political differences, look at the Peoples Democratic Party today, look at other political parties at the same time. All these things are generating tension in the land. They are a welcome development; they make people to truly know and understand why we are agitating for Biafra.”
Source: Radio Biafra.