The leader of the Biafra Independent Movement and founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) Ralph Uwazuruike, has accused the leader of a rival pro-Biafra organisation, the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu of being a jobless internet fraudster, known as Yahoo Yahoo Boy, in London before he took him in and gave him a job as the Director of the pirate radio station, Radio Biafra.
Uwazurike who was reacting to the accusation that he was among the masked witnesses who testified in the treason trial of Kanu, said the IPOB leader is a fraudster out to deceive gullible people.
According to Punch, IPOB’s Director of Media, Emma Powerful, had alleged that the MASSOB leader and one Chijioke Mbaneri from Enugu State had agreed to give evidence behind a screen during the trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Uwazuruike, however, told journalists in Owerri on Tuesday that IPOB’s claim was not only idiotic and stupid, but was laughable also.
“I was the one who discovered Nnamdi Kanu in 2009, 10 years after I had started MASSOB when I travelled to London. I gave the money to establish Radio Biafra, rented a house for him and bought him a car because he was jobless and into Yahoo-Yahoo. He was not in school and had no degree.
“When I appointed him as the Director of Radio Biafra, Benjamin and others refused to work under him because they said he was a fraudster. So, he is nobody and I can’t travel to Abuja to give evidence against him and worst of all to wear a mask to do that.
“The insinuation by IPOB is not only idiotic, stupid but laughable because I am still the leader of the Biafra struggle.”
The MASSOB leader said at the end of the Civil War in 1970, there was no Igbo man that was courageous enough to talk of Biafra until he started the movement in 1999.
“When I started MASSOB in 1999, nobody gave me the chance to succeed because after the Civil War in 1970, nobody was courageous enough to speak of Biafra; the Federal Government then had made an offer of an oil block to me so as not to resuscitate the ghost of Biafra but I had rejected the offer.
I was jailed and when my mother died I was released from jail and given 90 days for the burial but I used only 70 days for the burial after which I returned to jail but the government asked me to go.”
Saying that real freedom fighters were not afraid of going to jail for the cause they believed in, Uwazuruike wondered why the IPOB leader was afraid of going to jail.
“I have faced treason charges before the same Justice Binta Nyako and no true freedom fighter is afraid to go to jail for the cause they believe in; and so, why is Nnamdi afraid to face trial?
“I sacked him because he wanted MASSOB to employ violence; today where is Onwuka who wanted to use violence?,”