The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has asked the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to put an end to what it termed the continued harassment of the family of former President Goodluck Jonathan, especially his wife, Patience.
The group described what the immediate past first lady was passing through in the hands of the FG as a witch-hunt and character assassination, adding that the aim was to demoralize her for being a strong pillar of support for her husband, ex-President Jonathan.
The statement partly read, “MASSOB is aware that Mrs. Patience Jonathan is experiencing attacks by the Buhari-led Federal Government because it sees her as a primary supporter of her husband.
“The Federal Government sees her as the superwoman that became the barrier in breaking the soul of her husband. The Federal Government believes that if eventually they cage Mrs. Patience Jonathan, her husband will collapse politically.
“Because of religious and political hatred against Ndigbo by the Buhari-led Federal Government, it is not happy with the administration of former President Jonathan, who conceded a fair treatment to Ndigbo and that is why the government is punishing her because she is an Igbo daughter”.
Madu noted that there was no such witch-hunt against other “Hausa- Fulani daughters”, who were first ladies before Jonathan.
He added, “Some public office holders in the Buhari-led Federal Government have committed overwhelming and outrageous financial misappropriation, money laundering and anti-government offences without prosecution or retrieving government assets and money from them.
“MASSOB therefore advises the people of the eastern region to build and grow the spirit of defending their own because Nigeria, which is a mere geographical expression, is a no-man’s-land and inheritance.
“Our people must eschew the spirit of cowardice. The diverse ethnic nationalities of eastern region must know that by virtue of traditional, cultural, religious and social heritage bestowed on our people by our ancestors, we are brothers and sisters. We must be bold and eloquent in defending our own”.