Igbo Group Stands Firm On Relocation Of Boko Haram Detainees

By KayCee July 12, 2015 17:48

It started as a rumour about two weeks ago, that the federal government was transferring about 47 Boko Haram detainees to Anambra. Within days, the rumour gained validity and since then, no day has passed in Anambra and other southeast sates, without one form of demonstration by various formal and informal groups.

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has alleged that the sole purpose of transferring Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia prisons by the federal government is to destabilize the South East.

This is even as the Secretary General of the Igbo socio-cultural group Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu described the development as a trap for the Igbo nation.

The Movement which described the action of the federal government as intolerable said that Ndigbo and Biafrans in general will not accept such taboo in Igboland, stressing that “Biafra land is not a dumping site for Islamic religious fundamentalists who always engage themselves in bloodletting”.

In a statement signed by the National Direc­tor of Information of the Movement, Comrade Uchenna Madu, alleged that the sole aim of the federal government to relocate Boko Haram suspects to Ekwulobia Prison in Anambra state is to destabilize the South East.

Arrested boko haram suspects

Arrested boko haram suspects

The statement which read in part said “MASSOB has discovered that this latest move of President Buhari administration in relocating the satanic minded Boko Haram to Igboland has the full backing of some foreign Islamic religious leaders to attract the much needed presence of Boko Haram activities in Eastern region which may create fears in our people so that much external pressure will mount on Ndigbo to accept Islamic religion.”

It further stated that, “Islamic countries are not comfortable with the speed wave the Bi­afra actualization is making around the world mostly, the recent United Nation recognition accorded to Biafra through UN-Economic, Social and Cultural Council (UN-ECOSOCC) during UN-ECOSOCC meeting in New York, USA from may 26th to June 2nd 2015 and also earlier recognition of Biafra by African Union through AU-ECOSOCC general meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from 18th – 22nd Dec 2014”.

The Movement which vows to defend Ig­boland from any form of external aggression, intimidation or suppression from the Nigerian government, insisted that Boko Haram in any disguise is not welcomed in Igboland.

MASSOB commended the courageous spirit of Igbo traders, market leaders, religious leaders, and traditional leaders in their spirited effort to oppose the relocation of Boko Haram detainess to the Southeast.

The Movement advised all commercial mo­tor parks in Igboland to employ the use of secu­rity gadgets for the screening of all passengers and luggage. Similarly, it also urged all worship centres in the South East to also employ the use of security gadgets for the screening of their premises and worshippers before they enter the places of worship.

If there is anything in recent time that has brought the Igbo race together to speak with one voice, it is the relocation of Boko Haram detainees to Ekwuluobia prison in Aguata, Anambra state.



By KayCee July 12, 2015 17:48