The Ralph Uwazuruike-led Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has described the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu as a coward, challenging him to come back to Nigeria.
The war of words between the leaders of the two frontline secessionist groups, Kanu and Uwazuruike, was rekindled earlier in the week, Daily Post reports,
It started when the IPOB leader blasted his MASSOB counterpart for allegedly taking the issue of Biafra to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kanu had described the move as belittling being that several Igbo groups had already taken Biafra’s matter to United Nations, UN, which was a far more recognized body.
Responding to this in a statement, the National Director of Information of MASSOB, Sunny Okoroafor, on Friday, blasted Kanu, saying that the IPOB leader was not qualified to speak about the Biafran struggle.
“Where was Nnamdi Kanu when Chief Ralph Uwazuruike started the struggle for Biafra? One thing is clear; Uwazuruike was the first man in this new struggle to hoist Biafran flag in the international arena,” the statement said.
The statement further reminded Kanu that Uwazuruike founded MASSOB, which he (Kanu) was a member and set out stages for the struggle for a Biafran state.
“If the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu is talking about the struggle for Biafra, he should first of all come back home and not to stay outside to make noise.
“He should not be afraid of imprisonment; after all, Nelson Mandela was in prison in South Africa for 27 years. He did not run away and did not abandon his people. Nnamdi Kanu should come down home and fight for the freedom of his people.”
Incumbency factor won’t work for Akeredolu, says Ondo PDP governorship aspirant
A governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Erewa, has said that the “incumbency factor” will not work for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.
Erewa, who spoke with journalists in Abuja yesterday shortly after obtaining his nomination documents, said the coming election would be fought on the basis of our party’ manifesto, rather than incumbency.
He said: “I believe this time around, PDP is going to win the election. We will put everything in place and put all hands on deck. We will move to every nook and cranny in the state to sell our manifesto to the electorate. I believe they will vote for us and the PDP will win the forthcoming election in Ondo State.
“I know we are an opposition party but I have what it takes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and give our people better lives.
“The people of Ondo State know my profile and they know the stuff I am made of. I am a technocrat. We are going to transform and industrialise the state, protect the state and its people. The least person on the street will feel the impact of our government”.
Erewa promised to focus on aviation, agriculture and tourism if elected, stressing that there would be less emphasis on white-collar jobs.
“We have an airport and it will interest you to know that once the airport is developed in conjunction with the relevant agencies, we are going to transform it into an international standard, making it possible for international flights to land and take off from there. This will bring a lot of international businesses in the state.
“It will also interest you to know that Ondo State has the largest coastal land (onshore) in the whole of West Africa. We will convert this into a tourist attraction. It will be a tourist destination point for Delta, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara and other neighbouring states.
“In terms of aviation, the airport would serve Edo, Ekiti, Osun, Kogi and Kwara states. If people from these states are trooping into Akure for their international trips, we are going to do a lot of human capacity development. We are also going to look into our primary education sector as well. We will bring quality education to the doorsteps of our people,” he further said.
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