MASSOB rebrands as Arewa youths sue for peace
CITING the need to consolidate as it transits from one level to another in the course of its struggle, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has rebranded to Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).
Also, a group from Okigwe zone, led by Samuel Ogubuike, at the weekend, pledged allegiance for Ralph Uwazurike, saying the Uche Madu group was allegedly expelled in 2014 for adopting violent approach to their struggle.
Rising from a crucial meeting yesterday in Owerri, Uwazurike, accompanied by a member and known lawyer, Uche Okwukwu, named Chief Edwin Ileagu, from the Enugu West zone of the group, as new leader of BIM, adding that he would lead for two weeks, at first instance, adding that in the new movement, everybody was regarded as a leader on a rotational basis.
As always done in the defunct MASSOB, the doctrine of non-violent posture would be adopted,” he stated.
Uwazurike urged the release of Nnamdi Kanu, whom though he berated for announcing hate messages on radio, contrary to his body’s philosophy.
Meanwhile, Arewa youths under the umbrella of Arewa Triumphant Youth Foundation (ATYF) have urged the agitators to lay down their arms and allow peace reign in the country.
The group said though tribe and religion differ, it would not be happy to see their Eastern brothers and sisters seceding and leave Nigeria dismembered as an indivisible entity.
ATYF President, Mallam Ibrahim Yusuf, while addressing a press conference at the weekend on activities lined up for a proposed Arewa Youth Leadership Summit scheduled for this month in Kaduna, said it was regrettable that major actors in pro-Biafra protest, Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and Fulani herdsmen crises were youths of this present generation, adding that “there is no point for our eastern brothers and sisters to agitate to pull out of Nigeria. We are brothers. We should be able to live together as one big family, nothing should separate us,” he appealed.