The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has declared that the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra was not negotiable.
MASSOB made the declaration against the backdrop of a statement credited to Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, breakaway group, Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, saying they were ready to negotiate with the Federal Government.
The splinter group had yesterday unveiled its negotiation team to include, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, Peopeles Democratic Party Chieftain, Jerry Gana, spokesperson of MASSOB, Uchenna Madu, among a host of other eminent personalities.
Reponding to the list unveiled by the breakaway group, MASSOB in a statement issued yesterday by its National Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson, insisted that Biafra cannot be renounced as it was pivotal to the existence and future of the Igbo people.
MASSOB also warned those creating disaffection within pro-Biafra groups to desist or face the consequences.
The statement read in part, “Though MASSOB acknowledged the regards and respect given to Comrade Uchenna Madu as a credible Igbo leader by Re-IPOB, we insist that Biafra is not negotiable and cannot be renounced. It’s not a personal or religious belief, faith or human establishment. Biafra is the very existence and future of our people.
“MASSOB’s reaction is against the online news that included the name of Comrade Uchenna Madu (leader of MASSOB) as a member of trusted Igbo leaders to negotiate with FG on Biafra.
“What is Re-IPOB negotiating, a group that comes up today and wants to negotiate Biafra immediately? Who is fooling who? What has Re-IPOB done for Biafra and for what reasons would FG negotiate with it? Biafra struggle is not a business venture and it is not negotiable.
“MASSOB reaction is not because of external or internal pressure but for our dignity, pride, integrity, trust and confidence the people of Biafra bestowed on MASSOB.
“We also warn those delighted in creating confusion among Pro Biafra groups with falsehood and blackmailing to desist from it now or face the consequences and punishments of saboteurs. A stitch in time saves nine”.