Chidiebube Okeoma , Owerri
THE founder of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra and leader Biafra Independent Movement , Ralph Uwazuruike, on Monday accused the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu , of allegedly inciting ethnic cleansing in the South – East zone and parts of the South – South region .
At a press conference in Owerri , the Imo state capital, Uwazuruike accused Kanu , whom he said he recruited “ into the struggle ” of brainwashing Igbo youths into taking arms against the Federal Government .
Describing Kanu as “ a nobody ” , Uwazuruike called on the South – East Governors ’ Forum to take Eastern Security Network from Kanu .
“ If Nnamdi Kanu , repents tomorrow, I will commend him. We will talk about Biafra even if Igbo man becomes president . Governors should take ENS from Kanu . Train them , equip them and use them better . ”
“ I am congratulating Governor Wike of Rivers State for rescuing the situation in Obigbo . I am also congratulating Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for his approach in handling the situation in Orlu .
“ I am not part of the Nigerian system but when anybody does well , I will commend , and if anybody does bad , I will also talk ,” Uwazuruike said.
He said Kanu couldn’t have encouraged the ESN operatives to take up arms against the Federal Government if he was living in Nigeria .
He said, “ I started this struggle over 20 years ago . I recruited everybody who is part of this struggle today. We started before politics came in . Politicians started sponsoring people among us and we started having divisions among us. Taking arms against the government is now a problem to Ndigbo and Nigeria .
“ We feel disturbed ; I also feel disturbed . Many people are killed by ourselves , not only herdsmen. When you attract military , they kill Igbo . They are not killing Fulani herdsmen. The military are not killing themselves . I am more worried. The accusing finger is always on me because I started this struggle.
“ At no point will Ndigbo go to war against any tribe or Nigeria . Brains of the young ones in Igbo land being bastardised . They are humiliating Igbo leaders in the land of struggle . I condemn that act in its entirety .
“ They started in Obigbo , Rivers State , now is Orlu . What is happening in Igbo land ? The killings are a concern to all of us. The future is bleak as far we are concerned .
“ They can’ t defeat Nigeria . This situation needs to be nipped in the bud . Some governors have tried ; Wike has tried . We must not allow anarchy to prevail . I congratulate Uzodinma on his approach to the problem in Orlu .
“ We must work hard not to allow this group to turn this place into a state of war . Don’ t denigrate governors , stop insulting Ohanaeze Ndigbo . So many people are killed without records.”
He also hailed Uzodinma, for insisting on recovering diverted public assets from a former governor of the state , Rochas Okorocha , saying , “ It is bad to convert public assets into personal belongings. ”