By Nnamdi Obidike, Enugu
The founder of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike has described the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a fraudster who has no genuine interest in the Biafran struggle.
Uwazuruike also referred to the detained Biafra activist as “a nobody”, who he picked up in London while he was practicing internet fraud as his only means of livelihood and made him the Director of the Radio Biafra London, which he said he established.
Uwazurike who was reacting to allegations that he was among the witnesses lined up by the Federal Government to testify against Kanu in his ongoing secret trial for treason, asserted that, “Kanu was homeless when I met him in London, I gave him the first money to rent an apartment after he was thrown out by the Ghanaian woman he was living with”.
He stated further that, “When I met him (Kanu) in London he had no job and no certificate he was into internet crime. So who is Nnamdi Kanu, it is you the journalists that are flaming him up as somebody if not he is a nobody.
“The struggle continues to be alive as long as I agree. Even if Nnamdi Kanu dies today, the struggle continues. I cannot travel to Abuja to give evidence against Kanu masked, if I want to do that, I will testify against him in an open court but I can’t do that, what I stand to gain”.
Uwazuruike who addressed media men in his headquarters in Owerri, also described the allegation by IPOB members as “idiotic, stupid and laughable”, adding that, “the modern Biafra is my product, I started it in 1999 and since that time I have been on with the struggle. Our late leader, Odimegwu Ojukwu gave me the franchise and I am the leader of the Biafran struggle today any other person involved in the struggle is working on my behalf”.
The furious separatist leader further stressed that, “When I founded MASSOB in 1999 and started the struggle for Biafra, no Igbo man could summon the courage to mention Biafra, it was then considered as a taboo. Our people were cowards and could not mention Biafra until I started.
“When I started nobody gave me a chance I were through the hurdles alone. So Nnamdi Kanu is not the first Igbo to be tried for treason, I also stood before the same Judge handling his case for the same charge of treason so he should face his trial like a freedom fighter and if need be die for the course”.
Meanwhile, IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that Uwazuruike and “some unscrupulous elements in Biafra land are working with the Nigeria government and the DSS to hide under the screen to testify against tNnamdi Kanu”.
The statement disclosed further that the “IPOB intelligence unit across the country uncovered plans and names of those to be used by the Federal Government to testify against our leader Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Buhari government promised to allocate oil wells to Ralph Uwszuruike and his associates in crime against the leader of IPOB and Biafrans worldwide.
“To buttress our points, Raphael Uwazuruike and co were in contact with the DSS headquarters in Owerri and Abuja to perfect this heinous crime against humanity but right now they are in Abuja to compliment the whole arrangements to testify against the People of Biafra and our leader”.