ENUGU—The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, said its self-determination struggle remains on course.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had recently maintained that the Biafran struggle had become an avenue to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
But in a reaction through Mr. Uchenna Madu, the factional National Director of Information, MASSOB, said the Biafran struggle remained a genuine movement despite the activities of few bad eggs.
Madu said contrary to Obasanjo’s claims, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director, Biafra Radio, was totally committed towards realizing Biafra.
The MASSOB faction slammed Chief Raph Uwazurike, accusing him of sabotaging the struggle.
According to Madu, “after our monthly National Officers’ meeting at MASSOB headquarters at Freedom House, Okwe, we have decided as follows: Olusegun Obasanjo’s assertion that Biafran activists are fraudsters and General Gowon’s statement that Biafra is a closed issue, were all made because of their conviction on Ralph Uwazuruike’s betrayal and deviation on the Biafran struggle because of his lust for wealth, compromising nature, open political romance and public association with Nigerian government during the Jonathan administration.
“MASSOB condemns the hypocritical call of Ralph Uwazuruike for Nnamdi Kanu’s release. Uwazuruike hates Nnamdi Kanu and celebrates his detention because he is jittery that Nnamdi Kanu has taken over the mainstream of Biafra actualization, which attracts major international sympathies.
“Uwazuruike will be the happiest man if Nnamdi Kanu is dead. Uwazuruike, who claimed that he expelled Nnamdi Kanu from the struggle is making a caricature of himself and his MASSOB faction.”
He added that “MASSOB also condemns the sudden wake-up of Ralph Uwazuruike to establish another Radio Biafra to counter the current Radio Biafra broadcasting all over the world.
“This Uwazuruike’s Radio, which he levied N250, 000 on each local government area of his followers in the South East, Rivers, Delta and some western states, through which he raised about N70 million, has been diverted to another personal venture.
“Since June 2015, the money meant for establishment of Uwazuruike’s Radio Biafra has been raised; why is his radio not on air? What is still holding the operation of the radio? On which project has the money been diverted to? Can Uwazurike explain to Ndigbo and his brainwashed members what happened to the N70 million? This is another fraud in the name of Biafra actualization.”
While accusing Uwazurike of collecting billions of naira to support ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election, the MASSOB faction threatened to “expose all the fraud and criminalities Ralph Uwazuruike committed in the name of Biafra as well as all the houses, hostels, estates and hotels he built, bought and still constructing in Owerri, Lagos and Abuja.”
They maintained that “Nnamdi Kanu was not suspended or expelled by Ralph Uwazuruike or MASSOB; he left MASSOB in 2009 when Ralph Uwazuruike came to London to buy a personal mansion for his family.”