The Founder and leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, has accused Nnamdi Kanu of hijacking Radio Biafra from him and later used it to blackmailed me
According to him, “I formed MASSOB. As a matter of fact, I am the originator of the new Biafran struggle. I originated it in 1999 and no other group spoke of Biafra before 1999. I also said it that we would allow the formation of other groups. I studied Political Science and Law and I have read many issues on struggles and revolutions and concluded that there was no way one body (a group) could achieve Biafra without other factions. I went to London and floated Radio Biafra there. I needed somebody to operate it and I appointed Nnamdi Kanu as the director but he felt that the best thing he could do was to blackmail me with the radio.
“It is not new because that is the nature of an Igbo man. It is for the Igbo man to backbite, to double-cross his brother; and that is why we are behind the Nigerian scheme. As long as the Igbo man continues with that mentality, the Igbo race is doomed. Look at what is happening in the political parties. If an Igbo man sponsors another person to be governor, that governor becomes his enemy the next day. Juxtapose it with what is happening in Yoruba land.
If (Bola) Tinubu had been an Igbo man, he would have gone on exile. Look at how many governors he anointed in Yoruba land; they all pay him to respect up till today. If it were to be in Igbo land, they would send him out of town immediately. He will not live in Igbo land because they will chase him out. Look at all the Igbo who was anointed, governors. How many of them respect those who anointed them? That is the mentality of the Igbo man, retrogressive mentality; the mentality that leads to nowhere but doom. So, what Nnamdi Kanu did was of no difference because it is the typical nature of the Igbo man. That is what makes the Igbo man be backward and they will continue to remain backward until they change their ways of life.
“To answer your question finally, I have no quarrels with IPOB or any other group in the struggle. What I am against is falsehood, blackmail and lies, which IPOB brought into the struggle. The more, the merrier; I want more factions to emerge. If Uwazuirike were the only person speaking of Biafra, the tempo would not have been like we have noticed it today. The tempo should be higher if other groups emerge, but to use lies and blackmail against the founder is abominable.