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MASSOB Rises Against Uwazurike, To Name New Leader

…Plans Mass Burial For Dead Members

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – A faction of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), says it has concluded arrangements for the naming of a new leader, and mass burial of its members killed in the struggle.

This is coming as the crisis of confidence rocking the organization aggravates.

The mass burial according to the breakaway group, will take place in Enugu, and would be a prelude to the naming of a new leader to take over from the embattled Ralph Uwazuruike.

The group said the “new leader is expected to emerge at the burial of 69 MASSOB members, which would take place in Enugu.

Speaking with newsmen in Enugu Tuesday, a member of the MASSOB interim administration, Comrade Ndubuisi Igwekani a.k.a. Agu Biafra,said that the fallen members were those who were killed during peaceful protests across “Biafran Territories” and deposited in mortuaries in Enugu and Onitsha.

The Ralph Uwazuruike leadership he said, had lost focus and no longer pursues the aspirations of what he called Biafrans and the Biafran dream.

He emphatically stated that “Ralph is no longer in control of MASSOB.”

Although, he maintained that MASSOB was not factionalised, saying “what we are saying is that those of us that hold MASSOB believe that the leadership of Ralph Uwazuruike has disappointed the Biafran struggle.


“He has used the organisation to enrich himself and using our children the way he likes and diverted the resources which would have been used to advance the struggle.


“Our elders refused to understand initially, but by the special grace of God, many people have come to understand that he cannot continue to lead us.”


“This is a man who even claims that he is richer than the people that control the resources of the states.


“It is during the burial of these fallen MASSOB heroes that you people will see the new face of MASSOB.


“The fact is that MASSOB is a movement that came to give the Igbo people the identity of Biafra.


” So, if we are not Nigerians and we are Biafrans how can Uwazuruike now mobilize people and say “Jega must go”. Jega is not a Biafran, he is a Nigerian coordinating the Nigerian election.


“It is for his selfish gains that he held the Jega must go march in a week or two, we will know where we are heading to.


” We will give our people a new direction on what to do. We are not in support of our children roaming the streets.


“What we are after now is to ensure that after the election, no single Igboman will be killed and neither their property be destroyed especially in the North.


” We know we are always the target, we are now sending signal that any state that allow their people to kill any Igbo man or destroy his propert after the elections, we will hold that state to ransom.


“And we will mobilize all our security forces to that state to protect our property. Enough is Enough” Igwekani vowed.



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