The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has replied the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, over his recent comment that Nigeria may not survive another civil war.
MASSOB said rather than making reference to the whole country, the Sultan ought to have directed his advice to Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents.
DAILY POST reports that the Sultan of Sokoto had, during one of the programmes to mark the Rivers State’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, said Nigeria would not survive another civil war.
He called on all Nigerians to shun acts that might cause war in the country.
Reacting however, the National Director of Information for MASSOB, Sunday Okereafor, said that the group had never shown any act of violence in the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra.
Okereafor told Punch that the Sultan should rather advise the Fulani herdsmen that had been killing and maiming people in the southern part of the country and the Boko Haram sect, which had been perpetrating similar acts in the North-East.
The spokesman added, “We are not fighting any war this time around. MASSOB will remain non-violent and we will continue with the non-violent approach. This is the 18th year of the struggle by MASSOB. Despite the crackdown, all the killings, all the arrests and provocations, we still remain non-violent.
“The Sultan should direct his statement to Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram group, who are killing and maiming people in Nigeria. The Igbo are peaceful people.
“How can Sultan of Sokoto be talking about civil war? They (North) are the people inciting violence.
“Fulani herdsmen are from the North and they have been killing our people in our bush. They want to provoke us.
“They know that MASSOB is non-violent, but they are using Fulani herdsmen to bring war so that we will react. But we are not interested in that.”
Okoroafor stated that the Igbo people would have been decimated if they were people stealing cows in Nigeria.
“They want to use the herdsmen to conquer us, but we are saying no to war. So, we are telling the Sultan of Sokoto to refer his statement to his brothers, the Fulani herdsmen,” he added.