The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra,( MASSOB ) on Saturday told the South-East Governors Forum that it has no powers to proscribe the activities of pro-Biafra groups in the zone.
MASSOB said the decision taken by the governors cannot stand, It warned that any attempt by the governors to enforce the proscription will lead to loss of lives
According to the National Director of Information, MASSOB, Samuel Edeson, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Enugu, described the pro-Biafra groups as independent associations of people whose rights to self determination are backed by the United Nation’s Charter.
Edeson argued that the governors can only enforce the proscription after amending the laws of South-East states to criminalise self determination.
According to him, “The governors said they will enforce the proscription, the only way they can do that is by using the shoot-on-sight approach which was started by the Buhari administration. In that case people will die.
“The fact is that MASSOB was never registered under the Nigerian government; neither did we register under the Corporate Affairs Commission.
“We are an independent organisation, we are freedom fighters — there is nowhere in the world where a self determination group is proscribed.
“It (proscription) cannot stand; nobody can drive us away from our father’s land.”
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also faulted Nigeria army’s declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation. Ohanaeze said, “IPOB is not a terrorist organization going by extant national and international laws, especially the terrorist prevention Act 2011, as amended in 2015.”
It however praised the South-East Governors for stopping conflict in the region. In a communique read by the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the group condemned the military operation in the zone and urged the army to terminate the exercise henceforth.
Source:( Punch Newspaper )