- Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has insisted that no amount of harassment will make him back down from the actualisation of Biafra
- Umazuruike stressed that the struggle for Biafra will continue to wax stronger
- The MASSOB leader accused the police of demanding the sum of N5m for protection
Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) has insisted that no amount of harassment from those against the actualisation of Biafra will make him back down.
According to Daily Post, he stressed that the struggle for Biafra will continue to wax stronger, adding that several attempts were made on his life and his property but he has resolved not to back out.
The BIM leader made this statement through Chris Mocha his director of information, as part of activities to mark the 17th anniversary of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in September.
Uwazuruike maintained that when MASSOB which metamorphosed into BIM, was formed in 1999, nobody gave the group any chance of survival but maintained that the group has continued to grow in strength.
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The BIM leader disclosed that between May 23, 2000 to May 22, 2013, the group lost about 3,006 of its members to forces against the struggle, adding that, “they also destroyed my cars in Lagos and confiscated my 3 Sports Utility Vehicle, BMW motorcycle and a Yamaha generator.”
Uwazuruike accused the police of demanding the sum of N5m as protection fee and upon his refusal; he was advised to go on exile.
Reacall that the MASSOB had declared support for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on June 14, following thier ultimatum to seven governors of Nigeria which demanded release of all detained pro-Biafra agitators.
However, the faction of the movement led by the Chief Ralph Uwazuruike did not support the decision, noting that the true MASSOB members did not appreciate destruction of oil installations built on people’s money.