Leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has said he regretted the defeat of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 presidential polls, saying that Jonathan’s defeat followed the same pattern of the Biafra – Nigeria Civil War.
Speaking at the group’s special meeting yesterday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the MASSOB leader who was represented by Elder James Omeke, zonal leader Igboeze North Local Government Area, in a statement signed by the Deputy National Director for Information, Mazi Chris Mocha made available to Saturday Sun, explained that the Yoruba of the South West conspired with their Hausa/Fulani of the North and brought enmity between Igbo of the South East and the Igbo brothers in the Niger Delta, adding that such seed of discord sown cost us the Igbo their first attempt at Biafran independence.
“My presence today in Bayesla State has again demonstrated that blood is thicker than water. Biafra project is a project that gives us hope and anticipation. It also differentiates us from others. The massive support Ndigbo gave to Jonathan in the last election explained this fact. Ndigbo have not regretted voting for Jonathan.
“Biafra is a project that brings us together each new day,” Uwazuruike said. He noted that the Biafra project defined Igbo and the Niger Delta (South-South) as one people.
“The project (Biafra) when mentioned frightens our enemies and stigmatizes us before our oppressors,” he further noted.
Uwazuruike also said his kinsmen had suffered deprivations and massacred in their millions because of Biafra, disclosing that Jonathan’s defeat had highlighted the fact that the Biafran war fought with Nigeria has not ended.
“It was a war fought between the former Eastern Region (Biafra) and Nigeria. That was why MASSOB strongly supported the Niger Delta. This singular attitude and our reunion with the leaders of Niger Delta on Biafra has clearly brought us closer to our brothers and thus, made the struggle for Biafran independence stronger again,” he concluded. (Daily Sun)