Two of the major separatist groups in the South-eastern part of Nigeria have take different stands on the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election.
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has said the governorship election slated for November 18 in Anambra State must hold.
MASSOB stated that contrary to the statement credited to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, that the election would not hold in the state, the people of Anambra should be prepared to exercise their voting rights on that day.
The National Director of Information of MASSOB, Sunday Okereafor, who spoke in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, said it was wrong for anybody to say election would not hold in the state.
Okereafor explained that MASSOB would storm Awka, the Anambra State capital, on September 13, 2017 to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the movement, adding that the group was planning to establish a Biafra radio station in Germany.
He said, “Eighteen years of MASSOB existence would be celebrated on September 13, 2017. We will celebrate it in a big way and MASSOB is saying election must hold in Anambra. It must surely hold.
“We have come a long way and we are the founders of the struggle. All the pro-Biafra groups came out of MASSOB. We are telling Anambra people to go ahead in November and be part of the election.”
He pointed out that the radio station would not be used for hate speech and blackmail of other ethnic groups, adding that “real information” would be disseminated to the people.
Saying MASSOB welcomed only genuine fighters, Okereafor explained that insisting that there would be no election in Anambra could put the lives of the people in danger.
“IPOB is wrong to have said election will not hold. How can they say election will not hold? They want to create problems in Nigeria. They want our people to be killed again?
“We are saying no violence and they are inciting violence. The people of Anambra should go ahead and elect their leaders on the day of the election,” he added.