Reacting to the President warning that those agitating for the dismemberment of the country would not be spared, MASSOB said that Buhari’s comments on Nigeria’s unity only portrayed him as being jittery over the “impending disintegration.”
MASSOB said it “views Buhari’s constant negative comments on principal and primary issues affecting the very existence of Nigeria and Biafra consciousness as a sign of being jittery”.
The group argued that it was illusionary for the President to think that Nigeria could not disintegrate in the face of the prevailing injustice in the land.
He urged the President to stop thinking that he could quell the agitation for self-determination with intimidation, insisting that “nobody can crush Biafra”.
*Act fast on restructuring, SDP tells President
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on the President to take practical actions to commence the process of restructuring the country, insisting that it remains the fundamental for peace and unity in Nigeria.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, disagreed with what it described as Buhari’s passing remark on restructuring in his speech, adding that directing the agitators to the National Assembly, where it had been killed had shown his non-interest in it.
The SDP urged the President to show his real commitment to the process by quickly creating an avenue to meet leaders of thought from the various geo-political zones of the country, with a view to ensuring a consensus on the matter.
“While we commend Mr President for resolving to address the worrisome economic situation of the country and invigorate the fight against terrorism and ethnic violence, we disagree with mare passing remark by him on the sensitive issue of the wide spread call for the restructuring of the nation particularly in relation to the devolution of more powers to the federating units and the correction of the imminent structural imbalance.
“This issue of restructuring, we reason is fundamental to the peace and unity of our great country, and pretending otherwise is like postponing the dooms day.
“Directing agitators of the Nation’s restructure to the council of state or the National Assembly where it was killed during the constitutional review exercise, amounts to not appreciating the enormity of neglecting the loud cry of the victims of the status quo,” he said.