Quite Notice: Uwazurike boxes himself into corner
Perhaps, the leader Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Raph Uwazurike, has reached end of the tarters with his visit of former Chief Security Officer(CSO) to the late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacaha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha.
He was said to have embarked on a peaceful resolution of the tension caused by the 90-day deadline given to Igbo in the northern states of Nigeria to quit.
Uwazurike, who was the founder of the pioneer group for Biafra has continuously been come under serious attacks by various interest groups, including students and the church in the South Eastern Nigeria, for going to the north to appeal to the Arewa youths not to carry out their threat.
Among the groups in the forefront of condemning the MASSOB leader were: the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA); Igbo Women Assembly( IWA); Igbo Students’ Union(ISU); Igbo Traders Association( ITA) SBD others.
Though the tension generated by the youth quit notice has refused to ease off, some Igbo socio-cultural groups, traders, students and church leaders said they were shocked by the support given to the youths by the northern leaders.
They also said that Uwazurike had not mandate of anybody , or group, to initiate any meeting aimed at massaging the egos of the northern youths.
The MASSOB leader’s visit on former CSO, which the various socio-cultural groups described as not only “nauseating but despicable” was reportedly carried by Uazurike to dowse tension in the land, said his aide.
But the reaction of the groups was further inflamed by the advice of the immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, who instead of total condemnation of the youths’ action, rather than merely advising the coalition of northern groups to suspend their decision for now.
The Igbo groups included Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA; Igbo Women Assembly, IWA; Igbo Students’ Union, ISU; Igbo Traders Association, ITA; and South East Christian Network, SECN asked Uwazuruike “to cover his face in eternal shame. ”
In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of ECA, Rev Fr John Odey, stated: “Uwazurike’s very disgraceful outing with Al-Mustapha in Kaduna on Monday, was a public confirmation that Uwazuruike never believed in our people’s freedom. He has been trading with the blood of Igbo youths for two decades. For him, it’s all about money, money and more money.
“Nobody is fooled, our people know that the oppressor, whose agent he has always been, funded his trip to Kaduna, because he can do anything for money. “He destroyed himself, when he countered and opposed the May 30 sit- at-home order by Nnamdi Kanu.
“Our people unanimously consigned him to the dust bin of history, by complying 100% with the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, order, thereby covering Uwazuruike with shame.”
Also, the Igbo Women Assembly, IWA, in a statement entitled, “Ndigbo respond to Uwazurike’s show of shame with Hamza Al- Mustapha in Kaduna stated “that Uwazuruike’s charade in Kaduna, where he went to plead for one Nigeria, while attacking Kanu at the same time, is nauseating, horrifying and despicable.
“While pretending he was fighting for our people, he led thousands of Igbo youths to their early graves so he could live in opulence and luxury. Today, his closest ally is the infamous Al Mustapha. “He has finally destroyed himself. Igbo women will protest against him in the coming days. He is a big shame and a ruthless traitor; it is high time he is banned in Igbo land.”
On its part, the Igbo Students’ Union, ISU, in a statement signed by its President, Chimezie Ubani, asked Uwazuruike to stop further sabotage of Ndigbo by working with the oppressor.
Ubani said: “It is with a heavy heart, that we are sending this message to Uwazuruike, to desist from sabotaging our people’s freedom by conniving with the oppressor.
“Uwazuruike has deceived our people for very many years, pretending to be genuine. We are completely tired of Uwazuruike’s game of blood of the innocent, which turned him into a chauffeured limousine/ land owner and estate developer.”
In a statement signed by the chairman of the South East Christian Network, SECN, Bishop Mike Ibeneme, they stated that Christians were angry with Uwazuruike over his alleged romance with the enemy and asked Ndigbo to pray and fast for Nnamdi Kanu.
It said: “Christians all over the East are hereby called upon to pray and fast for Nnamdi Kanu. Uwazuruike, out of envy and hatred wants to create problems for Kanu. Uwazuruike allowed, greed to destroy him. Now he is bitter over Kanu’s popularity.”