Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of playing games with Ndigbo with his claims that he is not marginalizing the bloc.
Recall that Buhari had during the presidential media chat denied marginalizing Ndigbo, stressing that they hold strategic positions in his cabinet including the Petroleum and Labour ministries and the Governor of the Central Bank.
The group which reacted to Buhari’s claims that Ndigbo are not marginalized , but occupy strategic offices in his cabinet, insisted that despite Buhari’s denials, there has been deliberate attempts by the federal government to scheme out Ndigbo in the top echelon of power in Nigeria.
In statement made available to Vanguard, MASSOB through its National Director of Information, Sunny Okereafor, queried the basis of Buhari’s claims of not marginalizing Ndigbo when he ensured that key position in his administration went only to the core North.
“President Buhari’s is being economical with the truth with his claim that Ndigbo are not marginalized in Nigeria. How can Buhari ask who is marginalizing Ndigbo and to what extent? Does he want us to remind him that all the key and strategic position in his administration are being held by the core North? If not that the Constitution guarantees that a ministerial nominee must be appointed from each state, no Igbo man would have been appointed a minister. In Buhari’s Nigeria, there are now certain positions which are no go areas for Ndigbo.
“We have always said it that Ndigbo have no future in Nigeria and have been made second class citizens in a country that they are major stakeholders. This is why we want Biafra. Biafra is the answer to the marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria.”
MASSOB insisted that the cries of marginalization of Ndigbo and the struggle to actualize an independent state of Biafra has heightened during Buhari’s administration due to what it described as hatred for Ndigbo.