Jonathan Divides MASSOB

Ralph UwazuruikeA crack has appeared in the wall of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, as the group has condemned its leader, Chief Ralph Nwazuruike, for his alleged involvement in President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election campaign.

You may recall that Uwazuruike, while speaking to Saturday Sun over a week ago, explained his devotion to Jonathan, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the upcoming elections.

He said: “let me say this, I was one of the first Ndi Igbo that started supporting Jonathan immediately (Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu) Ojukwu was buried. And I told myself [that] for the role Jonathan played in giving Ojukwu state burial, I will support him until he leaves government. I started that time to tell people that Ndi Igbo should support Jonathan for only that reason. And I will continue to support Jonathan even if he wants to go for a third term, fourth term, fifth term. I will support him for that hon­our he gave to Ojukwu, our leader”.

Reacting to Uwazuruike’s championing of the PDP flag bearer, the group stated that it had yet to adopt a presidential candidate.

MASSOB, in a statement issued at the weekend by its National Director of Information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, after its national officers’ meeting, advised Jonathan and his loyalists not to take Uwazuruike seriously “because he has never delivered any candidate”.

The statement read, “How can Uwazuruike, who claims he is leading a total revolutionary struggle for Biafra actualisation, will also get deeply involved in Nigeria politics, dinning and romancing with same Nigerian government that always derive joy in killing MASSOB members, throwing them in prisons, and projecting Ndi’gbo into economical, political, religious, academic and social slavery. Uwazuruike is a hypocrite.

“On the presidential election, MASSOB has never declared our preferred candidates”.

MASSOB stated that even though, as Igbo people, it had more sympathy, love and trust for Jonathan as “a fellow Christian and close neighbour of Ndi’gbo”, the group needed concrete assurance from the president regarding the general development of Igbo land.

“MASSOB shall decide our preferred presidential candidate on March 9, 2015”, the group added.