Comrade Uchenna Madu, the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has stated that the movement will support the ruthless Islamic sect Boko Haram killing thousands of Nigerian in the northern part of the country should they have been clamouring for secession, New Telegraph reports
The MASSOB leader made the declaration while explaining the movement's rationale behind their support for the Niger Delta Avengers, declaring that MASSOB is not apologetic for its stand.
Speaking to Sunday Telegraph yesterday Madu, said: “Beside the fact that your enemy’s enemy is naturally your friend, the Avengers have openly declared support for the Biafran struggle and for the release of Nnamdi Kalu.
They have a right to pursue whatever is their grouse against the Nigerian state and how they do it, is their choice. What we know is that we have found points of agreement with the group; our approaches may be different, but our pursuit for an independent identity is similar.” Madu explained that the Avengers have been consistent in their struggle and said he cared nothing about how the Niger Delta group chooses to fight their battles.
“Our conviction is that Nigeria as one nation is not accommodating every integral ethnic nationality and as such, is not working and cannot work. So we support anything that can accelerate the independence of oppressed ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. If the Niger Delta wants independence, let them get it because it contravenes no national or international law; if the Middle Belt wants their own sovereign state, let them get it; if the South West wants its own and is ready to fight for it, let them get it also. We will be ready to also support Boko Haram if they seek self-determination and not these cheap killings along ethno-religious lines.”
The MASSOB leader stressed that if a government chooses not to listen to peaceful agitation; it makes violent agitation attractive for other interest groups. Madu explained further: “Nigerians should not be surprised at the proliferation of militant agitations from across the country.
Common sense would suggest that ethnic agitations henceforth may be militant because people will reason that the road to non-violent agitation is long and slow and would rather settle for armed agitation and we will not blame any group for their methodology. But for us, we are non-violent and will remain non-violent. If they have refused to listen to us as peaceful as we have been, then let them listen to the Niger Delta Avengers and other aggrieved militant groups that will be forced into the struggle by the rampant injustice in the land.”