The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has rejected British government’s offer of assylum to its members and that of the Indegenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
The group described the offer as a Greek gift and said its members do not need it, insisting that the British government was at the root of the problem facing the Igbo.
In a statement by its leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said the offer of asylum to IPOB and MASSOB members was planned by the Buhari administration and the British authorities to divert the attention of the people of Biafra.
The statement read in part: “The government of Britain is the sole architecture of the political, economical and religious problems of the people of Biafra in Nigeria even till today.
“They have not shown any remorse or apologized to the people of Biafra. Britain killed, maimed and wounded our fathers, mothers and brethren through the Hausa Fulanis. MASSOB rejects their assylum gift.
“How can the chief persecutor of the people of Biafra suddenly turn to be our pacesetter? Britain and Nigeria can no longer deceive the world again concerning the plights of the people of Biafra.
“Our unified resilience, resolutions and unshakable spirit of no surrender will continue to hunt down this geographical expression called Nigeria. MASSOB demands for a referendum on Biafra and not asylum.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has condemned the British offer through a new guideline by the UK visas and immigration office to grant asylum to alleged persecuted members of the Biafran secessionist groups.