Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) leader Ralph Uwazuruike yesterday announced a new group, the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM). He said MASSOB would be reorganised and handed over to youths as the youth wing of the Biafra agitation.
Uwazuruike, who addressed reporters during a general meeting of Zonal and Regional Administrators at the Ojukwu Library, said MASSOB had been rested temporarily and “old members will now belong to the new BIM while the MASSOB structure will be reorganised as the youth wing of the Biafra struggle”.
He said he would be referred to as Biafra leader instead of MASSOB leader, as he was previously known, noting that the metamorphosis was in line with laid down plans for the actualisation of Biafra.
A faction of MASSOB led by the former Director of Information, Uchenna Madu, expelled Uwazuruike for alleged financial misappropriation.
The embattled leader apologised to victims of the Onitsha mayhem, which left about 13 people, including two policemen, dead.
“We condemn the demonstration in its entirety, MASSOB was not part of the demonstration and we apologise to the victims, including the Hausa community.
“There is nothing special about Nnamdi Kanu’s detention. He is not the only person to be detained because of Biafra. I have been to prison more than 16 times and nothing happened. We cannot continue to suffer our people by closing the roads and forcing traders to close their shops; IPOB should take the demonstration to Abuja and Lagos where the impact will be felt by the Federal Government instead of creating problem in the Southeast.”