Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the founder of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has stated that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is being sponsored by politicians to cause genocide in Igbo-land.
According to the MASSOB leader, the idea behind the agitation for Biafra was to use a non-violent means.
Speaking in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on Monday, Chief Uwazuruike, said that it worries him anytime there are killings in Igboland due to the activities of IPOB.
According to him, Nnamdi Kanu has turned the South-East into a battleground where daily killings have become common place.
He asked the South-East governors to take over the Eastern Security Network (ESN) from Mazi Kanu.
“When we started out on this movement, our purpose was to pursue this issue of Biafra through non-violence means, but along the line, politicians stepped in by sponsoring some for their own selfish interests to cause mayhem.
“We feel disturbed because people have called us continuously to ask what is happening.
“Today many people are being killed in Igboland not by Fulani herdsmen but by ourselves because if you invite the military into Igboland they kill nobody but Ndigbo.
“At the end of the day, we are the people being killed. I started all these, I recruited all these people. I want to say that at no point will Ndigbo go to war with any other part of Nigeria. We have reached a stage where it is no longer possible to fight in Nigeria,” he said.
He however noted that Kanu has brainwashed Igbo youths into taking arms against the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“If Nnamdi Kanu, repents tomorrow, I will commend him. We will talk about Biafra even if Igbo man becomes president. Governors should take ENS from Kanu. Train them, equip them and use them better.”
“I am congratulating Governor Wike of Rivers State for rescuing the situation in Obigbo. I am also congratulating Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for his approach in handing the situation in Orlu.
“I am not part of the Nigerian system but when anybody does well, I will commend, and if anybody does bad, I will also talk,” Uwazuruike said.
He said the IPOB leader couldn’t have encouraged the ESN to take arms against the FG if he was living in Nigeria.
“I started this struggle over 20 years ago. I recruited everybody who is part of this struggle today. We started before politics came in. Politicians started sponsoring people among us and we started having divisions among us. Taking arms against the government is now a problem to Ndigbo and Nigeria.
“We feel disturbed; I also feel disturbed. Many people are killed by ourselves, not only herdsmen. When you attract military, they kill Igbo. They are not killing Fulani herdsmen. The military are not killing themselves. I am more worried. The accusing finger is always on me because I started this struggle.
“At no point will Ndigbo go to war against any tribe or Nigeria. Brains of the young ones in Igbo land being bastardised. They are humiliating Igbo leaders in the land of struggle. I condemn that act in its entirety.
“They started in Obigbo, Rivers State, now is Orlu. What is happening in Igbo land? The killings are a concern to all of us. The future is bleak as far we are concerned.
“They can’t defeat Nigeria. This situation needs to be nipped in the bud. Some governors have tried; Wike has tried. We must not allow anarchy to prevail. I congratulate Uzodinma on his approach to the problem in Orlu.
“We must work hard not to allow this group to turn this place into a state of war. Don’t denigrate governors, stop insulting Ohanaeze Ndigbo. So many people are killed without records.”
He berated Kanu for his lack of respect for Igbo leaders, saying that though he has no relationship with either Ohanaeze Ndigbo or the South-East Governors Forum, he still has a lot of respect for them.
“South-East must not be a theatre of war because of the activities of a few individuals. We must recognise our leaders. We cannot allow anarchy to prevail,” he said.
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