MASSOB declares ‘revolution’ on Igbo leaders
• IPOB, other splinter groups are set up to discredit me, says Uwazurike
A new dimension has been added to the struggle for Biafra as leaders of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday declared an ‘internal revolution’ in Igboland, “that would crush all Igbo leaders standing against the freedom and survival of Biafra.”
MASSOB leaders said in Enugu that the referendum was the next stage of their struggle to achieve Biafra, stressing that it would also include the demand for referendum to ensure the excision of Biafra land from Nigeria.
They insisted that an “internal revolution” beginning from Igboland had become necessary, “because these so-called leaders who have lost touch with the people are busy constituting a barrier in our struggle and we will crush them.”
However, the leader of Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), Chief Ralph Uwazurike, yesterday stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM) and a faction of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), led by Uchenna Madu were all set up against him.
He made the revelation after a meeting at Onitsha, Anambra State, describing them as groups that split from his former MASSOB, and were out to tarnish his image.
Uwazurike, who was represented at the meeting by the Nnewi South Regional Administrator, Tony Nwodo, further alleged that, “the splinter groups were expelled because of their anti-MASSOB activities and they have no other option than to rush to politicians who now sponsor them to discredit me and other MASSOB members, and as a result we formed the Biafra Independent Movement.”
Addressing reporters in Enugu, MASSOB also disowned South-East and South-South leaders involved in a reported dialogue over the on-going pro-Biafra protest and release of detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
In the joint press briefing addressed by MASSOB’s Director of Information, Edeson Samuel and the Secretary General, Ugwuoke Ibem Ugwuoke, they insisted that nobody had the mandate of either the MASSOB or the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to dialogue with the Federal Government.
They, therefore, maintained that any fruitful dialogue on Biafra must be led by the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, even as they warned leaders of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, Chief Dozie Ikedife and former governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to desist or face the full wrath of the groups.