Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Igbo Youth Lawyers (IYOLAW) have condemned comments credited to the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF) led by Adeyinka Grandson.
Grandson had threatened that Ndigbo should leave Lagos and Yoruba land before last Sunday, failing which they would be massacred.
But while reacting to the statement, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, told The Guardian that Grandson’s video clip was unwarranted and urged security agents to take necessary steps to tame his excesses.
Madu, who described MASSOB as a peaceful and non-violent organisation, working with the O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and other Yoruba groups seeking self-determination and emancipation of the South West and South East regions, expressed disappointment over the comment from the Oduduwa associate.
“It is eloquently known that Ndigbo has lived, interacted, and socialised harmoniously with the Yoruba. MASSOB stands for self-determination and emancipation of all regions of Nigeria. Igbo political leaders are in alliance with their Yoruba counterparts in clamouring for true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria,” he said.
Noting that Ndigbo has contributed about 65 per cent of the economic development of Yoruba land, he advised YYF and their collaborators to stop fanning the embers of discord among their southern brothers.
The statement, which was issued by MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Edeson Samuel, added: “Ndigbo have never declared any aggression against the Yoruba or any other nationality in Nigeria, neither did they attack or destroy any government or private property in Lagos.”
He explained that it was evident that unarmed and aggrieved Nigerian youth, who were expressing their frustrations over bad governance in the country, was killed by Nigerian soldiers, which resulted in the burning of government and private property in Lagos.
The group warned the purveyors of falsehood to desist, as it was capable of pitching Ndigbo against the Yoruba, a situation, it said, could degenerate into aggression, contrary to the spirit of alliance among the South West, South East, South-South, and Middle Belt regions for the emancipation of subjugated people in the country.
He likened the YYF leader’s inciting statement to a clog in the wheel of progress of regional alliance, stressing, “Some northern elements are no longer comfortable with the Southern and Middle Belt alliance for the political survival of the regions, hence the effort to jeopardise the bond the Southern regions have built.
Madu advised leaders of Afenifere, YOLICOM, other groups, and individuals of Yoruba extraction to call the YYF to order, insisting that the group and its sponsors should avoid creating further tension in the southern regions and entire country.