The Niger Delta Avengers have lost the backing of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).
This latest decision by the group is coming after they had initially confessed their support for the Niger Delta group following the ultimatum given to seven governors to release pro-Biafra agitators who were detained in their respective states.
But, rising from a meeting in Aba, Abia state on Thursday, the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led faction of MASSOB changed its mind on the decision of the Uchenna Madu-led faction of the group.
Sunny Okereafor, the national director of information, informed that the group is distancing itself from the activities of the militant group because it does not believe in violence as a means of agitation.
He said: “Right from the day of the formation of MASSOB, our leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike was emphatic on our modus operandi, that, we will not use violence in the struggle and we’ve maintained that.
“It will, therefore, be out of place for any genuine MASSOB member to say he is supporting what the NDA is doing in the Niger Delta region -destroying oil facilities which were built with the peoples’ money.”
According to Okereafor, no true MASSOB member would want to align with the Avengers group which he believes has destruction as its mission.
He added: “By accepting to dialogue with the federal government, it means NDA leaders have agreed to dialogue away the future of their children and MASSOB should have nothing to do with such a group because we believe in the sanctity of Biafra which will be achieved through peaceful means.
“We could have welcomed them if they had renounced violence, do away with their plans to dialogue with anybody and demanded a country of their own.”
MASSOB’s spokesperson further informed that those who claimed to be members of the pro-Biafran group and are supporting militants’ violent actions are no longer members of the movement.
He therefore appealed to members of the public to discountenance any claim made by anybody on behalf of the group, insisting that the group’s authentic leader remains Solomon Chukwu, who was reportedly carefully chosen by members last year.
Chief Solomon Chukwu, the leader of MASSOB has also explained the relationship between Biafra and the Niger Delta Avengers. Chukwu was speaking through his national director of information, Sunday Okereafor, the Punch reports.