The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that elections should hold this year in the South-East and other parts of the defunct Republic of Biafra.
MASSOB stated this in a statement in Enugu by the National Director of Information, MASSOB, Comrade Samuel Edeson, on Friday after a National Executive Council meeting, disagreeing with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which had always said that there will be no election in that part of Nigeria.
The meeting was chaired by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu.
MASSOB made it clear that it would not back down from the agitation for a sovereign Biafran state, but said it is wrong for pro-Biafra activists to ‘forcibly’ impose their interests on the people of Nigeria.
The group said southeasterners, who believe in Nigeria, are free to participate in the elections.
The statement read in part, “The leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, after a National Executive Council meeting presided by our leader, Uchenna Madu, at our headquarters in Awgu, Enugu State, which was attended by all the local government area, state and zonal coordinators, as well as national directors, unanimously agreed and declared that this year’s general elections of the Nigerian state would not be stopped or boycotted in Biafraland.
“MASSOB, having realised that Biafrans cannot forcibly impose our desires and interests on the people of Nigeria, and also in line with the principle of non-violence, unanimously agreed and resolved that the Nigerian state will conduct its political exercises, including general elections.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission will be allowed to conduct elections in Biafra for our people that still believe in the Nigerian state.
“Nigerian elections will come and go irrespective of whoever wins at both national and state levels but we must continue with the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra despite internal and external distractions.
“MASSOB advises that other pro-Biafra groups that planned to boycott the elections are entitled to stay at home during elections days.
“Our people that still believe in the Nigerian project are free to participate in the electoral processes of Nigeria, including this year’s elections.”