A faction of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday condemned the leader of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, for saying that Biafra would be actualized without gunshots.
It said the comment was selfish because some persons had paid the ultimate price for Biafra and a clear sign that Uwazuruike cannot lead the course he claimed to be fighting for.
Uwazuruike had on Wednesday during a meeting between members of his MASSOB loyalists and Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, in Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Uwazuruike stated that Biafra will be achieved without firing a single gunshot.
Represented by BIM’s Director of Information, Chris Mocha, Uwuazuruike said the long awaited breakup of Nigeria would take its natural course at the appropriate time.
Uwazuruike disclosed that the first procedure for declaring independence was to first notify the United Nations, UN, of the desire to secede.
But in his reaction, MASSOB factional leader, Uchenna Madu, in a statement issued in Awka, the Anambra capital, stated that Uwazuruike was afraid of confrontation with those against Biafra because he was protecting his business interests.
Madu said: “From inception of the current struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration, MASSOB then under Uwazuruike, who was expelled November 30, 2015 at MASSOB headquarters, Okwe, lost about one thousand members through gunshots by Nigerian security agents, including hundreds of IPOB members through the same gunshots in many cities of Biafra land.
“How can Uwazuruike, who claimed to be championing the cause of Biafra, confidently and boldly, declare that Biafra will be actualized without gunshots? What other gunshots was he referring to? Is he referring to the war of 1967-1970? He has no regard for the people that died through these gunshots.
“MASSOB knows that Uwazuruike will not want or like Biafrans rising in defence of themselves or engaging in a war with Nigeria because he does not want to lose his numerous investments in Owerri, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja. Our people are in detention, many are missing, maimed and killed by gunshots of our oppressors, yet Uwazurike is saying that there will be no gunshots.”