The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was free to conduct the 2019 general elections across the South East.
MASSOB assured that the forthcoming elections would not be stopped or boycotted in the South East.The secessionist group, however, stated that the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra will continue despite the 2019 elections.
The body took the decision after its National Executive Council meeting which was presided over by its leader, Uchenna Madu at its headquarters in Awgu, Enugu State.
In a statement by its National Director of Information, Samuel Edeson, MASSOB said the meeting had in attendance state, zonal, Local Government Area Coordinators and National Directors.
MASSOB said after an intensive deliberation on the current affairs of Nigeria and “future plight of the people of Biafra, we reaffirmed our primary and vowed goal of actualising Biafra through the principals of non-violence and international diplomacy in collaboration and brotherhood with other progressive pro-Biafra groups.
“Having realised that Biafrans cannot forcefully impose our desirable interest on the people of Nigeria and having understood the principals of non-violence, we unanimously agreed and resolved that Nigeria state will independently and internally observed and conduct their political exercises including general elections.
“MASSOB in the wisdom of internationally recognized freedom of political participation and exercises, we declared that this year general elections of Nigeria state will not be stopped and boycotted in Biafra land. Our people that still believe in Nigeria projects are free to participate in the electoral processes of Nigeria including this year as we have allowed INEC to conduct elections in Biafra land.“We have agreed to allow NEC to conduct elections in Biafra land for our people that still believe in Nigeria state.”
MASSOB advised other pro-Biafra groups that, “planned to boycott the elections are entitled to stay at home during elections days. Governance are not allowed to breed anarchy and public betrayals.”
“That Nigeria elections will come and go irrespective of whoever that wins in both national and state elections. We must continue with Biafra projects of actualization irrespective of both internal and external distractions,” the statement added.