By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—LEADER of Biafra Independence Movement BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has assured Ndigbo that members of the movement are capable and have the capacity to protect all Biafran citizens against attacks from Boko Haram insurgents or herdsmen.
In a press statement in Onitsha, Anambra State, yesterday, signed by Mazi Chris Mocha, spokesman to BIM,Uwazuruike stressed that “one with God is majority and as such, any war anchored on non-violence just like ours is God’s war and must be fought and won.”
Uwazuruike lamented that as a result of insecurity, Biafraland had been engulfed in a second round of civil war with Nigeria, using new methods and ideology since 1999 till date, adding that those killed in Benue, Taraba, Jos, Bauchi, Kaduna Maiduguri and Sokoto, through government organised riots could be anybody’s child, brother, sister, wife, husband or relation, which was part of his reason for embarking on Biafra agitation.
Uwazuruike who has a chieftaincy title of IJele Ndigbo, commended the people of the North for listening to him when he came to Arewa House in Kaduna state, last year to ask them to withdraw their quit notice given to Ndigbo resident in the northern part of the country.
In what looked like an apologetic statement, as contained in the press statement, Uwazuruike declared: “I want to thank the people of the North for having listened to me when I came to Arewa house, Kaduna state by not killing any Igbo man or woman”.
He further declared: “So, take my message to them that I love them and I also thanked them. I had never expected any apology from the people of the North, rather we are the people that should give them an apology after the Arewa youths had withdrawn their notice on August 25, and by not killing any Igbo man at the expiration of October 1, 2017 deadline”