Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Biafra
Independent Movement (BIM), and Chief
Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, publisher of
Champion Newspapers, have disclosed for the
first time, why they think Biafra lost the 1967
civil war.
The duo have attributed the defeat to lack of
interest of Igbo elites as well as the creation of
Rivers and Cross River states by General Yakubu
Gowon in 1968.
Uwazuruike made this disclosure while addressing
members of BIM at the Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu
conference centre in Owerri.
At the conference which held on Tuesday,
December 15, yesterday, he introduced new
leaders of MASSOB which according to him is now
the youth wing of BIM.
According to This Day, the Biafra leader said he
believed that Biafra could still be sovereign
considering the level of idealist tendency that
would drive her economy.
He stated that "Biafra has an ideal government that
tends to eschew corruption".
According to him, "we lost the civil war because
Gen Gowon created Rivers and Cross River states
from the mainstream of Biafra enclave".
He however, noted that Biafra of today is being
championed by all Igbo speaking states of the
federation, making it a wide spread movement.
On whether Igbo leaders support the movement of
Biafra, Uwazuruike recalled that even the present
governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha was
nominated by MASSOB in his (Uwazuruike Okwe
residence).
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"MASSOB has come of age. The present Governor
of Imo State received his ticket to run for governor
in my house. The present Ohanaeze president was
chosen in my house and he won, though the
governors said they would not recognize him, but
he is the leader of Ohanaeze today.
"MASSOB has played her role in Igboland and we
are still playing that role. They know we will play
major role when we have Biafra. So anybody that
does not recognize us is either sleeping or
dreaming" , Uwazuruike said.
Iwuanyanwu on his own part, said that Igbo are
today marginalized in the country because they
don't have anybody to speak or talk for them unlike
in the past when everything were based in merit.
He made this known while speaking at the 2015
special media forum of the correspondents' chapel
of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Owerri,
Imo state.
Reacting to the issue of census figures in the
country and the need to diversify the nation's
economy, the frontline politician said that as of the
present day, he does not believe in Biafra.
He recalled that during the war he was among the
Igbos who stood their ground for emancipation of
the southeasterners.
Iwuanyanwu said his stands on the freedom of
Igbos, led to his detention immediately after the
war.
The elder statesman expressed worry over the
behaviours of some Igbo leaders as their actions
have contributed in backwardness in development
of the zone.
According to him, the people of the southeast have
enough potentials and land to produce food for
themselves, but have failed to develop it for the
interest of the people.
He said: "Igbo have not actually come up with
realities, have everything but the effort is not
there" .
The renowned publisher opined that the southeast
would remain disadvantaged if the census exercise
is done in consideration of delineation of areas,
cultural considerations among others.
As the agitation for the actualization of Biafra
continues to take twists and turns, Uwazuruike has
urged pro-Biafra agitators to shun violence.
The BIM leader, cautioned members of the IPOB to
apply non-violent methods in their quest for that
actualization of Biafra state and for the release of
its founder, Kanu and other members of the groups
who are currently being detained by Nigeria's
security agencies.
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