Mazi Ralph Uwazuruike, the founder of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, in a press conference he called yesterday in Owerri, accused Mazi Nnamdi Kanu of hoodwinking and instigating Igbo youths into armed struggle.
According to Uwazuruike: “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.”
Uwazuruike declared, “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.”
Furthermore, he congratulated Governor Wike and Governor Hope Uzodinma for inviting the military to Obigbo and Orlu respectively. In his words, “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.”
Time will tell if Uwazuruike was selfless in his statements or if he was brooding over Nnadi Kanu’s astronomical ascendancy over Igbo leadership.