The founder of the Movement for Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has blamed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu for the alleged killings being carried out by soldiers in Oyigbo, Rivers State.
In a YouTube interview, Uwazuruike said that what is happening in the Oyigbo is a direct consequence of an order issued by Nnamdi Kanu, directing IPOB members to kill soldiers, policemen and burn police stations.
The secessionist leader absolves Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of any blame for the ongoing military operations, saying “soldiers are only killing those who killed their own.”
According to Uwazuruike, such operation by soldiers whenever their colleagues are killed is not new, citing the Odi and Zaki Biam as reference points.
“Sometimes in 2001 and 2002, the youths of Odi killed some soldiers in Odi and Obasanjo sent the military. They wiped Odi out,” The MASSOB leader said.
“At the same time, the people of Zaki Biam killed some soldiers; Obasanjo also sent soldiers and Zaki Biam was brought down.
“Nyesom Wike is not killing any Igbo man. It is not an Igbo thing. Nyesom Wike has no capacity to command the Army to kill anybody in Rivers State. It is only the Commander in Chief that can do so like Obasanjo did.
“The soldiers are killing those who killed their own. This thing has nothing to do with End SARS. The End SARS were doing their thing until some people went to tollgate and killed some people.
“Then someone in London (Kanu) started that minute to say kill army, kill police, burn houses. Then his supporters in Oyigbo started killing. He gave them the instruction. It was on tape. Prevention is better than cure. Wike is an Igbo man.
“We all knew what happened in Rivers state immediately after the war when Umuokoro was changed to Rumuokoro, Umuola was changed to Rumuola and Obigbo was changed to Oyigbo.
“It was not Wike that changed them. And it is not someone in London ranting on radio that will change them back to their normal forms now.
“You are holding some people, whatever you say they must do. You ask them to kill the army and security officials without knowing the consequences.”
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed concern over the orgy of violence that has resulted in destruction of lives and property of Igbo resident in Oyigbo, Rivers State.