TWO pressure group championing the realization of the Biafra Republic, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, and Biafra Zionist Movement, BZM, are trading words over which is truly fighting the cause of Biafra.
While BZM said that it had planned a re-declaration of Biafra Republic on November, MASSOB dismissed the move, saying the declaration was done by its leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike on May 22, 2000 when he hoisted the Biafran flag at Fauks Road, Aba, Abia State.
MASSOB director of information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, had said that the stage of declaration in the Biafra struggle had passed, describing as suicidal any move to trade with the name of Biafra.
He said: “MASSOB under Uwazurike, sent Biafran bill of right to the United Nations before hoisting the flag at Aba and observer status had already been granted which prompted many nations to allow Biafra have mission houses in their countries, while Biafra Radio had been established.
“Because of Biafra, Uwazurike sacrificed his houses in Lagos and Imo states and saw and conquered death. He is still faithful and unrelenting to the struggle and millions of MASSOB members adore him.”
But leader of BZM, Mr. Ben Onwuka dismissed MASSOB’s claim, asking it to produce and publish to the world the application it made to the UN for the observer status for Biafra as it had done and the response of the UN when the said application was made.
He also faulted the claim that Biafra Bill of Right was submitted at the UN, saying the group only wanted to deceive the people.
His words: “This is a disgrace to this group and it shows that Biafrans are being deceived all these years. No country on earth has ever made that kind of application to the UN .
“A Bill of Right is not what the UN can grant to a country. A Bill of Right is a collected rights and privileges which a country gives to its citizens as their rights to enjoy within the country. It is not a UN issue. If anyone goes to the UN and says such a thing, they will laugh and mock you.
“The truth is that Biafra has never been discussed at the UN since 1970, except now that the BZM has taken up the challenge to make Biafra a world issue at the UN. BZM has made the application and we shall be going there at the UN to defend and obtain the observer status for Biafra.”