Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo says a ministry of mining would be established to fast track the development of mining activities in the state. Obaseki announced this in his remarks at the close of a two-day workshop on solid mineral development organised by the Edo Government in Benin on Friday. He said that the state…
From George Onyejiuwa, Owerri
The Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Uchenna Madu, has said that no amount of intimidation or killing of Biafra agitators will stop the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra insisting that the issue of Biafra has already been ordained by God.
Madu made the statement while dismissing the statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Yusuf Buratai to the effect that the sovereign state of Biafra will never be realized as long as he remains the Army Chief or in another four millennia as the arrogance of those who are not in tune with history and reality.
His statement came even as MASSOB said that such statement by the Army Chief was uttered to ostensibly please his paymasters who elevated him above his betters.
The MASSOB leader said: “We understand that when an unqualified and inexperienced person suddenly occupies an unqualified position through dubious means, tribal/ethnic interest or political settlement, he must do the biddings of his master, his overzealousness to satisfy his master will always overshadow him. This is case of Buhari’s military stooge called Buruatai.”
Madu said that the statement of Gen. Buruatai was the exact statements of the former leaders of Yugoslavia , USSR , Indonesia and Sudan and others who had failed to realise that only an oppressed people can determine whether they want to remain under an evil and unjust society or if they want to break away from such an evil system.
“So, we are not surprised by the statement of the likes of Buratai as it was the same arrogance which was exhibited by the leaders of Yugoslavia said before their country broke into six pieces which are today independent countries of Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
These are the sort of things that the leaders of the Soviet Union who are Russians said before their country broke into 15 pieces and today the former republics of Turkestan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan which had been under the yoke of Russia are all independent countries.”
He added, “These are the sort of things that the leaders of the Sudan said before their country broke into two and Southern Sudan was established.
These are the sort of things that the leaders of Indonesia said before their country broke into two and East Timor was established. These are the sort of things that the leaders of Czechoslovakia said before their country broke into two and the Czech Republic and Slovakia were established and so on. Buruatai obviously does not have a sense of history as many of his ilk who have been in the position of this ill fated country call Nigeria.”
The MASSOB leader reiterated that the issue of Biafra has already been ordained by God and cannot be wished away by anybody and admonished the Nigeria government to learn from history as no amount of intimidation and killings of pro Biafra agitators will stop the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.