LEADER of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has said the re-declaration of Biafra as a new republic in Enugu by a disowned group under the aegis of Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), on Monday, was an empty and misguided declaration.
Uwazuruike, reacting through the Director of Information, Mr Uchenna Madu, said the leader of the purported group, Mr Ben Onwuka, was expelled long ago from the movement because of his anti-MASSOB activities.
“Onwuka, a former member of MASSOB in Lagos, was expelled because of anti-MASSOB activities and rebellious tendencies, as well as Samuel Edeson (national chairman), who was once a regional administrator in Onitsha, he was also expelled because of his rebellious tendencies and using the MASSOB platform to negotiate for monetary compensation,” he said
Madu said the said BZM had no office or Biafran structures for running affairs, adding that Biafra declaration was done by Uwazurike on May 22, 2000 at Freedom Square, Faulks Road, Aba, Abia State, after sending Biafran Bill of Right to the United Nations (UN).
He also said MASSOB could not be cowed into disclosing its diplomatic relationship with some foreign nations, because of “an unguided and faceless group, who wanted to capitalise on its struggle for Biafran actualisation to be relevant,” adding that “it doubted the BZM methodology on Biafra actualisation without resorting to violence, which we fought all these years to maintain peace and non-violent method as greatest tool for actualising our dream.”