The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, has called on the Federal Government to grant pardon to members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, who are currently undergoing trial on treason charges saying, ‘what is good for the goose is good for the gander.’
The National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze, Mr. Tony Oganah, described MASSOB as a non-violent organisation that had not killed anybody or thrown bombs.
He said, “If Nigeria is in the mood to pardon Boko Haram members, then it should be able to pardon them (MASSOB). I don’t see any reason why President Goodluck Jonathan, who needs the support of Ndi’gbo, will not.
“Naturally, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If you’re pardoning some arsonists, rapists and kidnappers, then you should pardon MASSOB members who have not committed any crime. They are only interested in self-determination.”
Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo also denied speculations that it had conflicts of ideology and interest with MASSOB. The body noted that it deliberately distanced itself from political issues.