Abia State-born Ben Onwuka and his pro Biafra group, Biafra Zionist Movement (BZM), became popular after they were arrested in Enugu on November 5, 2012 for re-declaring the Republic of Biafra at an open space in the coal camp area of Enugu.
Close to 100 of them alongside Mr. Onwuka were picked up by the police, as they were marching round the streets of Enugu with Biafra, United States and Israeli flags. For the next 38 days, the group languished at the Enugu Maximum Prison. Onwuka grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived in London for 28 years. He studied Law and International Politics. He practiced law for about 10 years in London.
“It was from there I decided to return home because the means that Biafra issues have been fought have not been internationalised. The international community does not understand or does not know the aspirations for independence by the Biafra people. And to do that Biafra must align itself with the United States of America; though it’s difficult because of Great Britain; and at the moment I am categorically assured that the United States, Israel and France are on our side.
And with the US on our side we will defeat Britain diplomatically, in order that Biafra can be independent,” Onwuka said. Fresh from prison custody, Onwuka, who says there is no going back in the struggle for Biafra, recently addressed a press conference announcing February 20, as the date fixed for the inauguration of the Biafra government in Enugu. In this chat with our reporter in Enugu the BZM leader shares his prison experience and also threw more light on the February 20, inauguration of Biafra government.