By Anayo Okoli , Vincent Ujumadu & Peter Okutu

*IPOB accuses S-East govs of sabotaging his release
*Allegation unsubstantiated—Umahi
*Britain panics over Biafra— IPOB

UMUAHIA—FATHER of the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Eze Israel Kanu, has accused founder and factional leader of Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, of being behind the continued detention of his son at Abuja prison.

Eze Israel Kanu, 84, made the accusation, weekend, while speaking with journalists in his Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Palace on the sideline of the traditional marriage of his last daughter, Princess Chinwe Kanu.

The monarch alleged that the MASSOB leader was irked because  the IPOB leader raised the alarm over huge monies allegedly collected by Uwazuruike’s MASSOB for the well-being of helpless Biafran youths which was allegedly misused.

He accused Uwazuruike of masterminding the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu on his arrival in Nigeria.

Eze Kanu, therefore, called on the Federal Government to release his son, insisting that he never committed any crime in the country.

Disclosing that he recently returned from a medical trip to Germany, the monarch said the continued incarceration of his son had contributed to his worsening health condition in the past one year.

IPOB accuses S-East govs of sabotaging Kanu’s release

Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the South-East governors of sabotaging the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

The zonal coordinator, Lion Zone, IPOB Ikwuodia, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Emeka Mbamarah, who made the allegation, said, however, that in spite of the non-interest of the governors, Kanu would “surely come out with Biafra flag.”

He alleged that the South-East governors had been sabotaging their agitation and had never wanted to get close to Nnamdi Kanu since his detention about a year and six months now, but assured that the youths would continue with the struggle until his release.

Allegation unsubstantiated—Umahi

But reacting to the allegation, Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum, Governor David Umahi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, stressed that the forum cannot comment on any ‘unsubstantiated’ allegation.

Britain panic over Biafra— IPOB

Also yesterday, IPOB claimed that the success it was recording towards the restoration of Biafra Republic was sending panic to the British government, arguing that it was for that reason that the former Nigerian colonial masters chose to counter the report of the Amnesty International on the killing of many Biafran agitators and the recent ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja that IPOB was not an unlawful organization.

IPOB was reacting to a statement credited to the Nigerian foreign minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, that the agitation for a sovereign State of Biafra was unacceptable because it was detrimental to the peace, unity, stability and development of the Nigerian state.

Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, sandwiched between security operaives, leaving the court yesterday in Abuja.

A statement by IPOB spokespersons, Mr. Emma Nmezu, and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, claimed that the British government was only using the Nigerian Foreign Affairs ministry as a cover up, insisting that the Nigerian foreign minister was speaking for Britain.

The statement read: “It is hypocritical of the British government to support Nigerian government in violently suppressing the quest for Biafra self-determination when the same British government opted out of European Union.

“This same British government allowed Scotland to conduct referendum without using B52 bombers to bomb the Scottish people. Why is it that the British government is so livid when it comes to the right of self-determination of the Biafran people?

“The most laughable aspect of British government‘s objection to Biafra exit from Nigeria is the lame excuse of believing in the territorial integrity of pre-independence Nigeria.

“But Nigeria’s territorial integrity is not the same from independence till date because the world is aware that a section of Nigeria called Bakassi had been ceded to the Cameroons, even though the Nigerian Constitution was not adjusted to exclude that ceded section.

“Also, the British government tried everything to resist the phasing-out of colonialism, but its resistance came to naught because colonialism was defeated even though the British played a trick on the world by giving the impression that Nigeria is no longer colonized whereas, in practice, Nigeria is still controlled and pillaged by the British government.

“The latest gimmick of hiding behind Nigerian officials will not do any good to the British government because Biafrans can read in-between the lines to decipher when the British government is speaking through these Nigerian government officials.

“We will like to advise the Nigerian government officials being used by Britain that they are wasting their time because the restoration of the nation of Biafra is unstoppable and irreversible.

“One incontrovertible fact the British government and their Nigerian collaborators must bear in mind is that the civilized world had determined that self-determination is an inalienable right and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Biafra is a must, whether the purveyors of iniquity in the name of keeping Nigeria one, like it or not.

“The British government can continue to speak through Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama as it recently did, but the fact remains that discerning individuals and governments of other countries now know the truth concerning the non-violent and peaceful nature of IPOB and its activities, which was corroborated by the recent judgment of Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako of Abuja High Court.”




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