Members of the Movement for the Mobilisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late Igbo leader, Odumegwu Ojukwu yesterday appealed to the federal government to release the Director of pirate radio, Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested on last month by Nigeria secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS).
Speaking at the 3rd memorial service of the late Biafran warlord at the Ojukwu Memorial Library, Owerri, the Imo State capital, MASSOB leader, Ralph Uwazuruike and Bianca said they have forgiven Kanu for going astray and pleaded with the federal government to forgive him also. Uwazuruike, who however insisted that there was no going back on the struggle for Biafra, said lamented that all the issues that gave rise to Biafra had not been addressed, a reason he said also gave rise to the spontaneous protests across the south east and south south regions of the country.
He said he and members of the MASSOB would continue the struggle for Biafra until all the issues that gave rise to Biafra were addressed by Nigerian government. Uwazuruike described Kanu as a rebel who had long been expelled by MASSOB for inciting violence among members, insisting that his arrest had nothing to do with the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra. He continued that Kanu broke the group non violence approach and was summarily dismissed, but appealed to the federal government to forgive and release him from detention.
In her speech, Mrs. Ojukwu had called on Uwazuruike, MASSOB and the federal government to forgive Kanu for inciting violence among the members of the society. She insisted that the non-violent approach which the MASSOB had been adopting over the years must be followed if the struggle for Biafra must be realsied. While insisting that the protests that had engulfed South East and South South regions were not bad, Mrs. Ojukwu lampooned governors and former ministers from the south east region for bequeathing hardship and underdevelopment to the region.
According to her, “because of their (governors and ministers) ineptitude, south east has no roads, no industries and no jobs for the youths. They were there when our zone was being marginalized by successive governments and they could not do anything. “If they had done a bit among these, entire south east wouldn’t have been this bad and all these problems wouldn’t have arisen”. She also lampooned the people of the region for struggling for political positions such as the secretary to the government of the federation, leadership of the national assembly, saying the ones held by the Igbo in the past did not yield any developmental result.
Earlier, Leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Frederick Fasehun and Former Chief Security officer to Nigeria’s former head of state, Alhaji Al Mustapha said a lot of things were yet to be addressed about by the government. According to Fashanu who hailed the struggle for the actualization of sovereign state of Biafra by MASSOB members in the last 16 years without shedding blood, maintained that for state of Biafra to be realizable, there must be greater clamour for Sovereign National Conference and implementation of the report of the National Conference.
-Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri