Owerri -The founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, has said there was nothing wrong with the recent protests for the creation of a Biafran state
The 80-year-old politician thanked Biafran agitators for going about their protests peacefully and urged the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra to continue to protest peacefully.
He said this in Owerri, the Imo state capital, at the third memorial anniversary of Odumegwu Ojukwu, the first national leader of Biafra, the breakaway former Eastern region of Nigeria, which existed as an independent nation between 1967 and 1970 before re-absorption into the Nigerian federation following a brutal war especially characterized by mass starvation of people.
Also speaking, the leader of MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said that the essence of the anniversary of late Biafran leader Odumegwu Ojukwu was to rekindle the consciousness of Biafra among the people.
He said that MASSOB was a non-violent group but regretted that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which recently emerged, was using threats of violence to achieve its aim.
They (IPOB) believe that since MASSOB has not achieved Biafra through non-violent methods for 16 years, they will achieve it through violence. They threatened fire and castigated some Igbo leaders.