Secession: MASSOB Blasts UK High Commissioner Over Comments

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The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has lambasted the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright for saying that his country would not support the break up of Nigeria.

Arkwright had reportedly recently made this known on a radio programme in Jos, Plateau state.

In a Friday statement released by its National Director of Information, Comrade Samuel Edeson, MASSOB described the comments as provocative and cautioned the diplomat against repeating same.

Furthermore, MASSOB accused the Nigerian government of spending millions of dollars of tax payers’ money on lobbying the British government to frustrate the emergence of Biafra, which it said would fail.

The statement read in part, “Although MASSOB understands that Mr Arkwright is working for the interest of some through the present Nigerian government, he should also know fhat Biafra agitators have the right for freedom of speech and right to demand for self determination as guaranteed in the United Nations Charter on Human and Peoples Right which Nigeria is a signatory.

“MASSOB is doubting the credibility of of the British High Commission in Nigeria. The world also knows that Scotland is agitating for full sovereignty from United Kingdom, but none of the Scottish agitators were arrested or killed by British Government; instead they conducted a referendum to determine the wish of the people of Scotland.

“Why then is Britain, a foremost Christian country, and her Islamic allies working against the actualisation and restoration of Biafra nation, also a christian nation colonised by the British government?”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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