Ralph Uwazuruike, founder of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has stated that he’s not afraid of testifying against Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in open court.
Uwazuruike made the statement while responding to allegations by Emma Powerful, spokesman of IPOB, that he was going to testify against Kanu in exchange for oil wells.
Uwazuruike said, “The allegations are idiotic, stupid and laughable. The modern Biafra is my product, I started it in 1999 and since that time I have been on with the struggle.”
“Our late leader, Odimegwu Ojukwu gave me the franchise and I am the leader of the Biafran struggle today any other person involved in the struggle is working on my behalf.
“When I founded MASSOB in 1999 and started the struggle for Biafra, no Igbo man could summon the courage to mention Biafra, it was then considered as a taboo. Our people were cowards and could not mention Biafra until I started.
“When I started nobody gave me a chance, I went through the hurdles alone. So Nnamdi Kanu is not the first Igbo to be tried for treason, I also stood before the same judge handling his case for the same charge of treason. He should face his trial like a freedom fighter and if need be die for the course.”
“Kanu was homeless when I met him in London, I gave him the first money to rent an apartment after he was thrown out by the Ghanaian woman he was living with,” he said.
“When I met him (Kanu) in London he had no job and no certificate he was into internet crime. So who is Nnamdi Kanu, it is you the journalists that are flaming him up as somebody, if not he is a nobody.
“The struggle continues to be alive as long as I agree. Even if Nnamdi Kanu dies today, the struggle continues. I cannot travel to Abuja to give evidence against Kanu masked, if I want to do that, I will testify against him in an open court but I can’t do that, what I stand to gain?”