- Chief Ralph Uwazuruike says violence will not achieve Biafra
- The MASSOB leader said he stands for truth which is why Igbos respect him
- He said he has learn about the non-violence approach of achieving Biafra
Chief Ralph Uwazuruike who is the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) has revealed that violence will not achieve the desire for Biafra.
Vanguard reports that the MASSOB leader said the break-up of Nigeria will take its natural course without a single bullet being fired.
He spoke at Onueke community in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State while presiding over a joint meeting between members of BIM and MASSOB in Ebonyi Central Zone.
Uwazuruike who was represented by Director of Information, Mazi Chris Mocha said he worked with Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu for 10 years and learnt about Biafra.
He said Igbo people have always listened to him because of his honesty and said a non-violence approach was the best way to achieve Biafra.
He said: “I trained myself properly for the Biafra struggle. After I was called to the Nigerian Bar as a lawyer, I spent another 10 years studying the principles of non-violence in India, knowing full well that the only panacea for the achievement of self-determination for Biafra is non violence.
“I later spent additional 10 years working with the former head of state of the defunct Biafra, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. For this reason and with my constant persuasion based on truth, Ndigbo have always listened to us. This non-violent approach is what Mahatma Ghandhi of India called Satyagraha in Indian language.”
Uwazuruike said the “first procedure any tribe or section that wanted independence should follow, was to first notify the United Nations, UN, of its desire to separate, just like I did in September1999 during the formation stage of MASSOB.”
Uwazuruike said after he notified UN of his intention to carve out Biafra from Nigeria through an application for the world body to play an observer status, he followed it up with a request for a Biafra Bill of Rights on November 1, 1999.
He noted that he attached several other submissions regarding the atrocities allegedly being committed against Ndigbo by the Nigerian government.
The MASSOB leader recalled that he was arrested when he attended in 200 for attending the African heads of state meeting in Lome, Togo. The then UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan came to his aide and help secure his release.