MASSOB also accused IPOB of ignorance and lacking the knowledge of the circumstances and events of the struggle aimed towards actualising the independence of the state of Biafra
Addressing newsmen in Aba, on Monday, MASSOB‘s Director of Arts and Culture, Abia-South zone, Reuben Ekpem, flanked by the Director, Conflict/Reconciliation, Obed Chiedozie and the Director of Information, George Ejiofor, Ekpen stated that IPOB’s directive to Biafra people to sit at home on May 30, clearly suggests that the group was bent on inflicting more pains on the Ndigbo.
He said, “IPOB knows little or nothing about Biafra. Biafra Day is May 22, not May 30. We have been in the struggle since 1999 till date. IPOB should stop using propaganda and inquire from Uwazuruike about the details of the Biafra struggle. MASSOB encourages Biafra people to come out on May 22 to celebrate the new Biafra which Chief Ralph Uwazuruike inaugurated in Aba on May 22, 2000. They should ignore IPOB’s sit-at-home order.
“There will be no closure of markets, schools, banks and other business centres. Unlike IPOB, we cannot be seen to be inflicting pains on the same people we seek to liberate. It is a day of independence, a day of joy; not sit-at-home. Biafra people are free to come out to celebrate and enjoy.”