MASSOB spits fire over high number of proposed toll gates in S’East, S’South
By Steve Oko,
The leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB, has expressed fury over the outrageous number of proposed toll gates in South East and South South zones, vowing to “resist and dismantle” them.
This is coming on the heels of a revelation that the Federal Government is perfecting plans to re-introduce toll gates across the country after about 19 years it was abolished by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
MASSOB said establishment of high number of toll gates in South East and South South would not be in the economic interest of the people.
” Nigeria toll gates in Biafra land will disfavor our people”, MASSOB said in a statement signed by its Leader, Uchenna Madu.
MASSOB said it was unjustifiable for the President Muhammadu Buhari -led federal government to set up higher number of toll gates in South East with lesser number of states than the entire Northern region with higher number of states.
“We have observed that South East with only five states has more toll gates (56) than the entire 19 states of the Northern region with only 35 toll gates”, MASSOB fumed.
According to the pro-Biafra group, the move is a ploy to further subjugate the people and impoverish them like to a conquered folks.
The statement read in part : “MASSOB condemns and insists that there will be no toll gates in Biafra land as wickedly proposed by the Nigeria government because it will disfavor our people.
” 6 states of South South with 21 toll gates, 6 states of south west with 22 toll gates and 5 states of the South east with 56 toll gates totaled 99 toll gates from the 17 Southern States of Nigeria while 7 states of north west with 12 toll gates, 6 states of north east with 9 toll gates and 6 states of north central with 14 toll gates totaled 35 toll gates from 19 states of northern Nigeria
“Igbo states are higher with 21 toll gates. This is in conformity that Igbo land is under siege and properly under exploitation.
“South East has more police checkpoints than any other region in Nigeria. South east has the greatest number of dilapidated federal road networks than any other region in Nigeria even the Northern region of Nigeria that claims to have the highest population yet, they will pay the lowest of the federal government toll gate fees.
“South East has the smallest land mass and the shortest distances from one point to the other within the zone when compared with other zones. Igbo land also has the worst road network in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We can never fold our hands and watch outside strangers to continue destroying Igbo land in disguise as a government of Nigeria.
“Though Biafra seems to be an occupied territory by the Nigeria state, MASSOB and other pro – Biafra groups will never allow Fulani invaders from Chad, Niger, Senegal, Sudan and Ethiopia to occupy Biafra land forcefully.
“That President Muhammed Buhari clinched the office of the president of Nigeria does not make him an Alpha and Omega. He can never be omnipotent in Nigeria state.
“Igbo land and the entire Biafra land can never continue to be an experimental ground for exhibition of wickedness, malice, hatred, genocides, police extra judicial killings, military terrorism, political subjections and unprovoked massacre of innocent and armless citizens.
MASSOB queried the basis for erecting more toll gates in the South East than other zones, arguing that toll gates should be done proportionately to reflect the millages of federal roads in the zones.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.