This Day (Lagos)

5 August 2007

Nigeria: Igbo Group Wants Uwazuruike Freed

Lagos — Igbo Progressive Assembly, a body in the vanguard of articulating and championing the Igbo course has described the continued detention of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) as provocative.

The group lamented that while other individuals from other ethnic nationalities who were arrested about the same time with crimes bordering on violence and murder have been released, Uwazuruike has been held.

"IPA view this as a deliberate attempt at carrying on the Nigeria/Biafra war in another guise, which thereby renders the "no victor, no vanquished" claim of the Nigerian government after the war as a sham and dubious statement, meant to hoodwink the Igbos that all was well" a statement by the group signed by Chief Sunny Okafor and Emma Maduabuchi, national president and Secretary of the organisation respectively.

The group urged the federal government to release the MASSOB leader and threatened engage in a worldwide camapaign if he remains in detention.

IPA noted that a media organisation has commenced the serialisation of the Aburi Accord and called on others to resume the same arguing that it is a revelation of the truth.

The group also suggested the serialisation of the massacre of Ndigbo during the Nigerian/Biafra civil war.

On corruption, IPA condemned what it considers as selective trial of former governors.

The group argued that no probe of the past administration will be worth the effort without an investigation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was the minister of petroleum.

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