For the avoidance of any doubt, the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has declared that the entire South-South, Niger Delta and South-East geopolitical zones are integral parts of the Biafran territory.
A MASSOB leader, Solomon Chukwu, made the clarification in an interview with the Vanguard, saying that those excluding the South-South from the Biafran territory were ignorant of history of the struggle for Republic of Biafra.
He spoke in reaction to reports which had suggested that the south south is not part of Biafra.
Solomon maintained that the entire Eastern region constitutes Biafran territory as many notable from South-South or Niger Delta had fought for its actualisation.
He cited that the anniversary commemoration in honor of Biafran heroes which was observed across the eastern region on May 22 and 30 had proven to the Federal Government that the people of Biafra can no longer be held back in their struggle to have a homeland where they could find greater accommodation and satisfaction.
The MASSOB leader warned those saying the south south was not a part of Biafra to stop deceiving the public and berated them as being ignorant of the history of the Biafran struggle.
He said: “Those who say south south or Niger Delta is not part of Biafra are ignorant; most of them are politicians in the south south zone who are saying it out of mischief to impress their Hausa/Fulani task masters.
“History has it that people like Ojukwu’s second in command, Gen. Philip Effiong, fought for Biafra till the end. Was Effiong not from Akwa Ibom State?
“My father and other strong men of Niger Delta also fought for Biafra till the last day of the battle. How can somebody like Albert Horsefall say that Port Harcourt is not part of Biafra?
“I’m a Biafran from Ikwerre land in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state.
“I’m a true son of Niger Delta. Till today, we still have many strong men from the South South who stands to be counted in supporting Biafra.
“People like Uche Okwukwu, Asari Dokubo, among other great Niger Delta sons who are in support of Biafra.
“Whether they call us south south or Niger Delta or Igbo, the Eastern region is united in the struggle to actualize an independent State of Biafra.
“Some people from the area who sabotaged Biafra during the war have seen through the Hausa/Fulani deception and regretted their actions.
“This has been one of the divide and rule styles they use against people of the Eastern region, by saying Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River, Bayelsa is not part of Biafra but it is no longer working, our people have seen through their tricks over 30 years ago.
“We are wiser now; people from Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta and the Igbo speaking part of Edo and Benue attend MASSOB meetings.”