…‘Step your feet in Abakaliki if you’re a man’
From PETRUS OBI, Enugu
Foundation members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have dared MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike over his recent threat to stop Ohanaeze from holding a fresh election in Abakaliki tomorrow.
The MASSOB leader had threatened to mobilise over 5000 of his members to the venue where Ebonyi State Government plans to hold the election, warning that Governor Martin Elechi would bear the consequences of anything that might come out of the exercise. But MASSOB’s former director for youth and sports, Ndubuisi Igwekala (aka Agu Biafra), dismissed Uwazuruike and his threats, daring him to step his foot into the Ebonyi State capital tomorrow.
He told Daily Sun in Enugu that Uwazuruike had no such powers. “He is not capable of stopping Ohanaeze election in Abakaliki. If he feels he is man enough, let him come to Abakaliki and stop the election; we will be there waiting for him. “He knows he owes some of us who are Biafra activists and I think this is an opportunity for us to settle our problems once and for all. In the Biafra struggle he is having problem with everybody; having problems with all foundation members of MASSOB but we cannot allow him to insult and abuse our elders and our governors.
Agu Biafra who is currently the president, World Eastern Freedom Movement (WEFM), maintained that last weekend’s election in Enugu was null and void as it was organised to score a political point. He said the election was scheduled for January 19 and that remained, insisting that nobody, not even Uwazuruike, could stop it. “Why should they remove the secretary of the election committee if they had no skeleton in their cupboards?” he queried. In a different interview,
Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka (aka Ogirisi Igbo), another foundation member of MASSOB and owner of Rojenny Games Village, Oba, Anambra State, described Uwazuruike’s utterance as an insult to South-east governors and must be condemned. On the MASSOB leaders’ claims that the election in Enugu would stand, Chief Ezeonwuka noted that it was his opinion not that of the Igbos, saying, everybody had the right to air personal views on issues but that the issue at stake had to do with the constitution and Ohanaeze had a constitution.
He also argued that the South-east governors as Igbo leaders were supposed be part of the Ohanaeze election, noting that, “their absence at the election raises some questions which are yet to be answered.” Ezeonwuka maintained that the entire issue about the Ohanaeze election would go how the Igbo’s wanted it and not how an individual felt. “I support the argument that the governors ought to be part and parcel of it; if not the exercise is null and void; they have a right and the entire thing falls on them.”