The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Comrade Kingsley Madu, has brought in a fresh twist to the agitation for Biafra by declaring that Lagos, Abuja, and other cities where Igbos reside and own major investments are all part of the Republic.
The Punch Newspaper quoted him as making the declaration on Thursday in Enugu State during a rally organised to welcome Innocent Oji, leader of the Biafra National Guard, a pro-Biafra group, recently released from prison.
He further said that the declaration is part of a new ideology adopted by Biafran agitators as they “don’t want to confine themselves to a particular place.”
Madu statement came on the back of the alleged sacking of Igbo traders from a portion of land at Trade Fair and FESTAC in Lagos.
He said that the affected traders were evicted by Lagos State Government after they had invested billions of naira in developing the area.
He further vowed that Igbos would not be forced out of any part of Nigeria, where they invested lots of resources to develop.
His words: “Pro-Biafra groups have adopted a new ideology which stated that any part of the country where a large population of Igbos is found, and where Igbos contributed towards human and material development, is part of Biafra.”
“Lagos is also Biafra, Abuja is also Biafra. Anywhere our people are that place is Biafra.
“So what we are saying now is that that part of Lagos that our people developed with their money is also part of Biafra and we cannot leave.”
The MASSOB leader, however, advised Igbos to locate their investments in the ‘Biafra mainland’, South-East and South-South, where they are guaranteed safety and protection.