Chief Ralph Uwazuruike-led Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, have accused the federal government of nursing the ambition to transform Nigeria into an Islamic State.
A press statement issued yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, by BIM/MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Mazi Chris Mocha, who spoke on behalf of Uwazuruike, recalled that already, former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, rtd, had in 1986 unilaterally registered Nigeria as a member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC..
Mocha, who revealed that the OIC does not hide its ambition to Islamise any country not only its member states, but the whole world, urged Ndigbo and Niger-Delta people to resist any attempt to extend the jihad that is bound to come to their territory.
Mocha, who noted that he has been closely monitoring the steady influx of armed Fulani herdsmen into Enugu, Imo, Delta and Anambra States, regretted that his Igbo tribe is likely to be the worst hit of attempts to Islamise Nigeria, as they were major victims of the sharia crises in the north.
According to him, “Some local communities have already received warning letters of possible attack by armed Fulani herdsmen including Okpanam and Issele-uku in Delta State; Irete, Mbieri and Okigwe in Imo State; Achalla, Atani, Igbariam, Umumbo and Omasi in Anambra State and Nimbo in Uzo-uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
“For some time now, some Muslim leaders who are also members of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, had approached President Muhammadu Buhari and advised him to transform Nigeria into an Islamic State”.
He urged Ndigbo in general and BIM/MASSOB members in particular to resist any attempt to Islamise the country as they are always targets and worse hit in every crisis in the north and South-West.
Similarly, BIM/MASSOB condemned the murder of an Orodo-born woman, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime, who was beheaded in Kano under similar circumstances like the late Mr. Gideon Akaluka in 1994 by some Muslim fundamentalists.
BIM/MASSOB stated that this ugly trend formed part of the reason for the renewed agitation for Biafra by its leader and founder, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
The group demanded for an open trial of the suspects, even as they lamented that none of the culprits who committed similar heinous murder against Igbo Christians in the past were brought to book by either the state or federal government, pointing out that their statements usually ended on the pages of newspapers.

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