As He Speaks About Ikonso’s Death, IPOB and Ebubeagu
April 27, 2021
By Mentus Ngwoke, Owerri
The Founder and the leader of Biafra Independence Movement and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has condemned the killing of Ikonso the commander of Eastern Security Network (ESN). However, having said that, he pointed out that the strategy used by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in pursuit of their goals is wrong and will only lead to more death. He said that on Monday during an interview with BBC News Igbo.
On the killing of Ikonso, Uwazuruike said: “I am saying sorry to IPOB for the loss of one of their members. It is a human that died and we are one as we are all seeking for the freedom of Biafra. We are all seeking for the same thing so it touches us when one of us is killed despite being in different groups”.
Speaking further Uwazuruike said he served the late General Odumegwu-Ojukwu for 10 years before he started MASSOB and he learnt a lot during his time with the former leader of Eastern region. He said Ojukwu told him Biafra can never be achieved through violence and that is where IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is getting it wrong.
“Nnamdi Kanu lacks that experience which I got while serving Ojukwu. A sovereign state is too much, this is not what you can achieve through force, they know all you are doing,” said Uwazuruike.
He added: “The security agencies know where to find MASSOB members, they know where to locate IPOB members. They know where Nnamdi Kanu is sleeping today, they know who is cooking for him. If they want you dead they will kill you immediately, but they don’t do that.”
He said the security agents arrest and lock up activists from time to time and could easily add what will kill them in the next five or six years to the food they serve them but they don’t do that.
“The State don’t come out to kill an activists maybe because of international protocols. But we come out to say we are hiding, we are protecting ourselves, we have security. If they (The State) want your security to kill you, your security will kill you,” he said.
He said the only way to get the government to come to the negotiation table is by stopping the flow of crude oil from the Niger Delta. “Even if you get Biafra by pointing gun at people the international community will not recognise you,” he added.
Speaking about Ebubeagu, he said the South East governors got it wrong when they said Ebubeagu will work in collaboration with the police. Explaining what he meant, he said members of the security outfit are supposed to be only Igbos whose job will be to go into the bushes and forests to arrest criminals with AK-47 and hand them over to the police because they have no power to prosecute.
According to him, people will not have confidence in Ebubeagu if members of the police who are from different tribes are part of the security outfit. He added that people will think they are killer herdsmen in police uniforms when they see them in the bush and they can’t communicate with Igbo language.
Source: BBC News Igbo