Ralph Uwazurike, the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, has appealed for peace as he held consultation with Northern groups in Kaduna.
Uwazurike, who led a delegation of Igbo leaders from the South East, told some youth groups in Kaduna on Monday that MASSOB had pursued the path of peace since its creation in 1999.
He said: “MASSOB had existed for 18 years without violence, but 2009, I went to London and opened Radio Biafra and handed it over to Nnamdi Kanu as the director.
“Soon afterwards, politicians hijacked him, and he started working for them.
“The radio that was meant to educate our people and advise our people was turned into the source of hate messages, blackmail, intimidation and others.
“ The resultant effect was that, the northern youths came up to challenge us, to say that they are not happy with the hate messages and the insults they receive from the same radio.
“I am here today to say that the main purpose of floating the organisation called MASSOB was not to cause crisis in Nigeria.
“I assured the late Odumegu Ojukwu when he was alive that there would be no other civil war in Nigeria.
“ Because he, Ojukwu was so concerned and wanted some measure of assurance from me that MASSOB would not cause problems in Nigeria and I gave him that assurance.
“And I am today disappointed, that the assurances I gave, may not see the light of the day, if certain measures were not taken, and that is why I am here in Arewa House today.”
He assured of the safety of the northerners resident in the South East and urged them to continue with their businesses in the area.
Uwazurike said: “I am here to assure you northerners that all your people in the South East are safe and nobody will harass them.
“And, I am happy to hear my friend, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who assured of the safety of lives and property of Nd’Igbo in Northern region.”
Uwazurike averred that the crisis in the country was being manipulated by politicians and urged the youth not allow themselves to be used.
He, however, stressed the need to address perceived marginalization, adding that though it was right for any part of the country to seek self-determination, it was wrong to pursue same through violent means.
He said: “Self-determination without violence is a fundamental right; we must strive against sowing the seed of discord but do all that will promote peace and justice.
“There is a gap of communication from our leaders which needs to be bridged, hence we are meeting with notable leaders in the north to persuade them that there is no cause for alarm.”
Meanwhile, Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who convened the meeting, said it was in response to recent quit notice issued by some northern groups to Igbos.
He said that the meeting was to intervene in the impasse threatening the unity and oneness of the country.
According to Al-Mustapha, the youths need to wear their thinking caps, use their brains and refuse to be used in fomenting any form of crisis in the country.
He said current events may not be unconnected with external forces wanting to see Nigeria disintegrate.
Al-Mustapha also cautioned the youth against making statements that would further cause tension in the country, in spite of the unpleasant comments from IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
He appealed to the Kaduna State Government and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw the arrest threat on the youth leaders who issued the Kaduna Declaration.
Levy said previous partnership of the organisation with the State Government in transportation, education, environmental management and flood control had been of great benefit to the urban renewal efforts of the state government, adding that the organisation would continue to assist the state government to scale up its infrastructural development a projects so as to be able to meet the aspirations of its teeming population.
The Oyo State Government has announced the indefinite closure of the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, following violent protest by students over their welfare.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, conveyed the closure in Ibadan on Friday.
The statement directed students to vacate the school premises immediately, while law enforcement agents have been enjoined to secure lives and government property on the college.
Olowofela said the college would remain closed until normalcy returns.
Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid “are stronger” than Juventus and hopes “it’s a tragic” Saturday night for Juventus.
Madrid are considered slight favourites over Juve to win the Champions League Final, and Ronaldo is confident his side will prove they are worthy of such a tag.
“How I see Saturday night going? With [Madrid] raising the cup to the heavens,” the Portuguese told Fox Sports.
“I would take a bad game but see Real win the Champions League.
“Juventus are an excellent team, it’ll be a balanced clash, but I’m sure Real Madrid are stronger and we only have to prove it.
“I hope it’s a magical night for us and a tragic one for Juventus.”