- Chief Ralph Uwazurike says he regrets bringing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the Biafra struggle
- Uwazurike accused Kanu of hijacking the struggle and turning it into a violent agitation
- Kanu was serving under Uwazurike's leadership until he created his own group to advance the Biafra struggle
Chief Ralph Uwazurike, the founder of the movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) which founded Radio Biafra and engaged Nnamdi Kanu as a broadcaster, says he regrets bringing Kanu to the limelight.
Uwazuruke made the comment in an interview with The Sun newspaper published on Tuesday, March 9.
According to him, the main objective of creating MASSOB was to create awareness and make the world know what the Igbo people are going through in Nigeria, adding that Kanu hijacked the vision and created another group.
“That is why I am worried about how things have turned out. I am worried that some people I recruited into the struggle have turned it into a violent movement.
“If you give me another chance, I won’t make the mistake again. It was a huge mistake because he is now using it to cause crisis in Igboland and getting our people killed.
“Also, there were instances where, perhaps, out of carelessness, some youths died. If I have another chance, I wouldn’t let that repeat itself.
“But the most glaring is the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) situation where the person I asked to manage the Radio Biafra started using it to cause problems for people, insulting his elders and everyone that cautions him and using it to mobilize youths against the society.”
Recall that Uwazuruike recently appealed to south-east governors to take over the ESN created by Kanu.
Uwazurike further advised that the governors rejig the ESN and make it a responsible vigilante force for the south-east region.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Abubakar Adamu, recently asked Igbo political, religious, and traditional leaders to caution IPOB and the ESN on their activities in the southeast region of Nigeria.
The IGP gave the counsel on Tuesday, March 2 in Awka when he spoke during a security summit hosted by the Anambra state government.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.