The founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Ralph Uwazuruike, has alleged that there is an alliance between the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and the Department of State Service (DSS).
Speaking in an interview published on the Sun newspapers on Sunday, August 27, the pro-Biafra agitator alleged that the DSS was giving financial backing to Nnamdi Kanu to spite him.
Uwazuruike who explained how he and Kanu fell apart also dismissed suggestions that he had been intimidated by the IPOB leader.
He said: “I just gave him time to fool himself. It’s just like a father fighting his son. The idea of republic of Biafra was to enlighten the people. When I came out of prison, I felt I needed a radio to enlighten the people and the Federal Government. Before Radio Biafra, I had a radio in America called Voice of Biafra International, in 2001. Then there was no Internet exposure like Facebook and whatsAPP.
“We were then in South Africa with Emejuru but Nnamdi Kanu convinced me to come to London. But no sooner we started then, Nigeria’s security apparatchik persuaded him to bring down the struggle. They had tried it with me without success; they also failed with Ambrose Anyaso, who was with me in detention.
“When the Department of State Security, DSS, could not get him to pull me down, they turned to Kanu, who wanted money and fame.”
Uwazuruike said he distanced himself from Kanu after he realised that the IPOB leader was more interested in fame than the Biafra struggle.
“Immediately I noticed this, I stopped funding him. So, he started getting his funds from the DSS directly. The idea was to bring me down and make me unpopular. When I noticed that, I kept quiet because I knew him very well; he does not have capacity but they did not know that he did not have the capacity but I knew he would fail at the end of the day,” Uwazuruike stated.
He claimed the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu was arranged by the DSS to divert attention from MASSOB to IPOB.
He said: “Even his release was stage-managed. No senator deposited one dime anywhere; that is why he is violating all the conditions. How could he violate all the conditions and he is left alone? Even the northern youths coalition is stage-managed. What Kanu does not know is American diplomacy, which props you up, only to bring you down. The northern coalition was created to checkmate him.”
Meanwhile, it appears that the crisis within the MASSOB and IPOB has deepened.
On Saturday, August 26, MASSOB said that Nnamdi Kanu has shaken hands with the federal government and therefore compromised the struggle to achieve an independent state of Biafra after he met with some politicians.
According to Punch, Mr Sunday Okereafor, the MASSOB National Director of Information, said in an interview that they would continue the struggle through non-violent means and they would not be deterred by IPOB.