Leadership of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has said that the death of Engr Ezekiel Izuogu, Nigeria’s first car manufacturer was as shocking as it was painful.
MASSOB, through its Leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu in a letter to MOBIN MEDIA, described Izuogu as a ‘patriotic Biafran’, whose death was a huge physical loss to Biafra and Africa. The organisation recalled how General Sani Abacha’s government frustrated Izuogu’s efforts to give Africa its first indigenous car, and said he deserves to be honoured and celebrated forever, despite the frustration.
The message read;
“MASSOB was shocked to learnt about the sudden death of Engr Ezekiel Izuogu. His death was a huge physical loss to the people of Biafra and Africa in general. He is a patriotic Biafran that will forever be honoured and celebrated.
“The administration of General Sani Abacha and other successive governments of Nigeria frustrated his technological ingenuity that was deeply rooted in in his Igboistic nature and aspirations, his death is being celebrated by the dormant and unprogressive brains of Hausa Fulani who taught they have killed his V-600 vision and other technological advancements.
“Though MASSOB mourns his physical loss but his technological ingenuity, political aspirations and economical stability of Biafra land are still intact, soon the reminders of Ezekiel Izuogu will manifest.
“MASSOB rejects the hypocritical and subtle condolences of Nigeria federal government led by President Mohammadu Buhari. What moulded and shaped Ezekiel Izuogu is not dead, the spirit of Biafranism and ingenuity of Igbo man can never die. He is a patriotic and indefatigable Igbo man whose love for his Igboism have no match, his desire to project Igboism and unquenchable love for Igbo can never cease even in his transition.
“Even though Nigeria rejected and consciously failed to project his V-600 locally made car in 1997, even before India manufactured their first locally made car called “INDI” because he is an Igbo man, Ezekiel Izuogu also rejected the fortune offer from South Africa government to establish his Izuogu Motor Manufacturing company in Pretoria. He is a true Biafran that love to promote his Biafranism in Biafra soil”, it read.