- Category: Odimegwu Onwumere
- Published on Saturday, 20 February 2010 04:02
- Written by Odimegwu Onwumere
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Ones enemy can do anything to malign him or her, the enemy can sell any disinformation to the public in making sure he or she brings to the end of the enemy. That is the disinformation yours truly have been observing that is being sold against the leader of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, since its formation in 1999.
Many people, Ndiigbo not excluded, had thought that Uwazuruike would not go this far, in his agitation for the Sovereign State of Biafra, because the issue of Biafra and Biafrans in Nigeria was like the issue of Osu-caste system in ala-Igbo, after the formation of the Republic of Biafra in 1967, which was the outcome of the pogrom targeted against Ndiigbo in the Northern part of Nigeria, which plunged Nigerian into a 30 month civil war.
After that war, which led to the destruction of lives and property, the issue of Biafra became sacred that anybody who discusses
Uwazuruike faced and is still facing a lot of setback in the hand of the Nigerian government, which has often incarcerated him in the many obsolete prisons Nigerian government proud it has. On Oct. 26 2007, Uwazuruike was acquitted from the prison of a treason charge after spending 3 years in the prison, and on condition that he should go and bury his late mother, who had stayed in the morgue than the dead itself could condone.
The acquitting was not indefinite, he was asked to stay for a period of three months and come back to the prison, a condition given him by a presiding judge, Justice Binta Murtala Nyako, at the Federal High Court, after the proposal of granting Uwazuruike bail failed over three times.
Uwazuruike was in the custody of two serving senators, Uche Chukwumerije and Ikechukwu Obiora, and two traditional rulers, Eze Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu (Eze Ndigbo Lagos) and Eze Nwosu Ibe (Eze Ndigbo of
Another condition was that the MASSOB leader was also expected to report to the nearest police station as well as ensure peace and order reign during the three-month period. And Uwaruruike obliged by these conditions in making sure that peace and order reign, even that many Igbo sons and daughters who were at the same time charged to court in connection with MASSOB, languish in the Nigerians prisons; some even, were alleged killed by Nigerian security agents, during MASSOB rallies.
While the Nigerian government feels that Uwazuruike deserves to die in the prison, it forgot the partiality to justice it played on December 19, 2006, when the leader of a militant group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams and five others walked out free of charge from a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, while Ndiigbo sons and daughters who are connected to MASSOB were left to rot in the Nigerian prison?
The Nigerian government struck-out the case of
It could be recalled that before
Ohanaeze cannot lend support to Uwazuruike other than ask Uwazuruike and his group to recant. They can fight against Igbo marginalization if that is what they are fighting for under a different name, not actualization of sovereign state of
This statement by Achuzie whose civil war credentials is still today questionable, reportedly made this comment upon Uwazuruike's arrest on November 28, 2005. This degenerated a lot of comments.
Comment (Ambrose Ehirim): This line of policy abstaining from affairs of the Igbo nation like that of Uwazuruike and MASSOB was typical of a bunch that had no clue what was going on and what the bigot Olusegun Obasanjo who had suddenly become a stateman after his command had committed rape and pillage against the Igbos. This kind of statement obviously fired up Obasanjo's quest in determining how to handle the Igbo nation when it comes to situations like this - the slamming of Uwazuruike and his followers. But Achuzia who thought he was doing his efulefu Igbo bunch a favor in order to pacify Obasanjo, was totally wrong and missed it entirely. It also made one fear for Igbo unity because when Afenifere and elders of the Yoruba leadership forum are asking that Adams, Fasheun and the rest OPC gang be released without charge, Achuzia and his confused efulefu bunch were busy trying to see what leftovers could reach them in Abuja. It made one fear for Igbo unity because when Adams and Fasheun had had all sorts of backing from every aspect of Yoruba leadership, never minding the havocs caused by
While the Nigerian government had looked for a tangible case to nail Uwazuruike forever aside MASSOB so that the international community who had beamed its searchlight on MASSOB would not cough, the Nigerian police in Jan. 14, 2010 rearrested Uwazuruike in a circumstance described in many quarters as, ahead of the governorship poll in the state of Anambra on Feb. 6, 2010. But to the contrary, a police spokesman said Uwazuruike was being held following a petition by an individual, Pascal Okorie, who is accusing the MASSOB leader of kidnapping him. Notwithstanding, one wonders why this allegation could be coming up now when Uwazururike had been making sure that peace reigns without violence in his MASSOB agitation? Does this mean that the Nigerian government and some individuals have made it their duty to terminate sleep from Uwazuruike’s eyes? And why would Uwazuruike kidnap Okorie? This allegation best fits to be listened with the anus.
And when we talk about kidnapping, after the arrest of Uwazuruike, his wife, Mrs. Ngozi Uwazuruike raised alarm that after her husband was put behind the bar, he was later whisked away to an unknown destination neither known to her nor to the family members, by security operatives. This devoid the appearance of Uwazuruike in court within that time frame. Was this act not kidnapping? And who would charge the Nigerian government to court for that single inhumanity act? The allegation of kidnapping on Uwazuruike will never be unconnected to his refusal to compromise the Biafran struggle. His stand on that struggle was responsible for the treasonable felony charge being pursued against him by the Nigerian government. And today, a court of law was reportedly saying that Uwazuruike is liable to face death penalty, if the charges of kidnapping levelled against him was to be found convincing.
Comment (Sab Aliozor): The MASSOB leader should be allowed to have his freedom. Other Nigerians with same political ideology are not in detention. The truth is that ‘anybody that says or does anything against MASSOB has no clear mind of calculating what is good or bad’. The person is not morally disciplined. That means you like
Comment The Sun Friday August 1, 2008 (Ralph Uwazuruike): We have a nation that does not represent the interest of the people. If there is free and fair election in Igbo land where our representatives are voted, people like Ben Obi should be at
Comment Asher (
Celestine Eze Chinedu: Why is Federal Government of Nigeria afraid of Uwazuruike?
Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Author, Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA),