President Muhammdu Buhari has been accused by the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB) of toying with the Igbos.
The accusation follows a recent claim by Buhari that he is not marginalizing the group in anyway.
READ ALSO: Dasukigate: EFCC Makes New Arrest
Buhari during the presidential media chat denied marginalizing Ndigbo. The president stresed that Igbos hold strategic positions in his cabinet including the petroleum and labour ministries and the governor of the central bank.
MASSOB, however, insisted that despite Buhari’s denials, there have been deliberate attempts by the federal government to scheme out Ndigbo in the top echelon of power in Nigeria.
Vanguard reports that MASSOB through its spokesman, Sunny Okereafor, queried the basis of Buhari’s claims of not marginalizing Ndigbo when he ensured that key positions in his administration went only to the core north.
“President Buhari’s is being economical with the truth with his claim that Ndigbo are not marginalized in Nigeria. How can Buhari ask who is marginalizing Ndigbo and to what extent? Does he want us to remind him that all the key and strategic position in his administration are being held by the core north? If not that the Constitution guarantees that a ministerial nominee must be appointed from each state, no Igbo man would have been appointed a minister. In Buhari’s Nigeria, there are now certain positions which are no go areas for Ndigbo.
“We have always said it that Ndigbo have no future in Nigeria and have been made second class citizens in a country that they are major stakeholders. This is why we want Biafra. Biafra is the answer to the marginalization of Ndigbo in Nigeria,” MASSOB said.
The group insisted that the cries of marginalization of Ndigbo and the struggle to actualize an independent state of Biafra has heightened during Buhari’s administration due to hatred for the Igbo people.
In furtherance of their cause, MASSOB has said that the projected independent Biafra state will also include the Niger Delta region of the country. The group stressed that the people of Biafra cannot find peace in Nigeria until they get an independent state.