In 2001 when the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra started the agitation for Biafra, many opinions held sway. Many people believed that the agitation was real and that Ralph Uwazuruike was championing a genuine course. Even learned men, Professors believed that Uwazuruike would actualize the project of a sovereign State of Biafra.
As a fresh journalist then, I even wrote a report that Israel may support Biafra. This came from an interview with Professor Alezi, the author of the book, “Igbos, Jews in the Diaspora.” The report which the lead of my newspaper sold and other newspapers reprinted the report.
I wrote that report based on the reasoning of the Professor without considering the pedigree of the protagonist of the course, Ralph Uwazuruike. Letter on, I had a chat with the MASSOB leader who expressed his seriousness in the course of actualizing the sovereign state of Biafra. Many Journalists had also written various reports about MASSOB before the prevailing course being championed by Kanu in his “Biafran Radio”
Why are these people, ‘Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB’ championing the course of Biafra and on whose mandate are they acting out the script? Inquest on the person of Ralph Uwazuruike revealed that he had an ulterior motive in his quest for the sovereign state of Biafra. Uwazuruike was practicing law at Ijesha road, Itire in Surulere, Lagos State. We gathered that he started nursing the idea of Biafra as his Law firm was not yielding. He started the Biafra project as a means of surmounting the economic challenges.
Uwazuruike ran the MASSOB as an NGO and made fortune out of it at the detriment of young Igbo people who believed that he was championing a genuine course. Many died in the course Biafran agitation.
As if the number of people that died from the agitation was not a great lesson to young men and women from the Igbo extraction, Kanu started his Radio Biafra where he started inciting the people to rebel against Nigeria. Many people believed Kanu and his Radio Biafra to the extent that they were laying their lives for his freedom from the shackles of the law.
While people who thought they were fighting a genuine course with Kanu were being killed, the girl friend of the leader of IPOB informed the public that the youngman started the project to dupe the people. In other words, like Uwazuruike and his MASSOB, Kanu established the IPOB as a means of enriching themselves at the detriments of the masses. And they seemed to have achieved their goals as the unsuspecting masses had invested heavily into the projects of MASSOB and IPOB.
Without having inkling of these people’s mission, Igbo youths seem to be embarking on suicide mission, destroying the entire Igbo nation by involving in these MASSOB and IPOB project, established by men of questionable characters for their selfish needs.
What the state and Federal governments should do in order to save Igbo nation would be to bring Uwazuruike and Kanu to book and disband the two groups MASSOB and IPOB in Nigeria immediately. They are not speaking for anybody but their selfish desire at the detriment of the young Igbo peoples lives.