Massobite Ralph Uwazuruike Rumbled By US Agents

The desire to create a distinct Biafran identity suffered a crisis of integrity recently when Ralph Uwazuruike, the revolutionary and leader of Massob was rumbled in a property deal in Dallas, USA. Such is the mockery of fate that an act of greed by controversial Uwazuruike was quickly uncovered by US State Department.

Uwazuruike left Nigeria on January 24, 2009 with all the pomp and pageantry befitting a guerrilla fighter. His plan was to meet the Biafran sympathisers in the US and in the process fine tune plans of getting an international lobbyist that will burnish the lukewarm image of the Biafran agenda and sell it to targeted interests inside the US.

The recruitment of an international lobbyist had been on the agenda of the Biafran Foundation since May 2008 but there was administrative delay in going public. To broaden its appeal, the Biafran Foundation later got Uwazuruike involved in its search for an international lobbyist.

Then intrigue began to beset the deal between the Biafran Foundation and Massob. Uwazuruike, on his part, failed to demonstrate a high degree of trust and moral robustness as later events revealed. It was alleged that the Biafran Foundation went ahead to engage a team of lobbyists and drew and agreement in the name of Biafran Foundation instead of the initial plan to use the name of Massob. Uwazuruike later got to know of the change of name and insisted that the agreement be reversed and be drawn in Massob’s name.

The foundation accepted his idea and a copy of the completed agreement was sent to Uwazuruike for approval. For signing, the Biafran Foundation arranged for Uwazuruike’s trip to the US. On getting his US visa in Nigeria, Uwazuruike began to rework his own agenda. First, he changed his contact telephone numbers. Secondly, he travelled to the US without informing any member of the Biafran Foundation about the details of his itinerary.

On arrival in the US, he abandoned the initial agreement forged with the Biafran Foundation and refused to see any of its members. Out alone in the cold and unable to secure an accommodation befitting a slumbering guerrilla fighter, he cried out and reached out for the very people he was hiding from.

Members of the Biafran Foundation rallied around Uwazuruike who had just walked in from a humiliating cold and accommodation was arranged for him in Baltimore. He was captivated by the beauty of Baltimore but was worried by his internal demons that had sinister agenda. In true Igbo hospitality, a fellow Igbo man volunteered to drive him to meet the lobbyist.

Uwazuruike refused. Instead he hired a company taxi on a US State Department 24-hour arrangement. Also, he would not allow any of the members of the Biafran Foundation accompany him to see, discuss and sign pre-arranged agreement with the lobby group. When he got into the office of the lobby group, he was at ease and brimming with childish confidence. He has perfected a near-perfect plan! But no way!!!

The lobby group, in line with policy and procedure, asked Uwazuruike some preliminary questions about his organisation. He sang like a well-fed parrot before he sunk into shame with a startling revelation.

A recorded telephone conversation of Uwazuruike with a house agent on a deal to buy a house was laid out for him on the table. The lobby group and the State Department later informed members of the Biafran Foundation that the man brought from Africa is a Nigerian scammer and not a revolutionary. When his plan to buy a house was uncovered, he hurriedly left US for the UK.

In the UK, he arranged for an emergency meeting with Igbo group at the Queen Mary University Hall and at the venue rained curses and accused the Biafran Foundation in the US of misconduct. Only recently, General Oluwole Rotimi, ex Nigerian Ambassador to the US, reportedly called the Biafran Army a collection of hungry, rag tag soldiers used as turkey shoot during the civil war. Unity minded Nigerians denounced the moral obloquy of the vocabulary deployed to describe the Biafran soldiers.

By this action, Uwazuruike has provided further ammunition and an intellectual pretext to carpet bomb the entire leadership of Massob as nothing more than a collection of clannish opportunists. Beneath Uwazuruike’s revolutionary gloss lurks a sophisticated schemer who has abandoned the true ideal of Biafra for its mythical alternative.

Written by
Taju Tijani
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  • it is regretable that human being could a race such a name-“I BEFORE OTHERS or I GRAB BEFORE OTHERS” and got insult published. that was how the nigeria- biafra war started. years would correctly explain who are stealing oil from Niger delta; Yoruba and Hausa or Ibos? presently who are called oil mangate in Nigeria. now we ZENO, ONADO, CONOIL etc from the west and MRS etc from the north. could we mention any from the east? the answer is no except kerozene sellers. could i be told the origin of those controlling the up and downstream sectors of Nigeria oil industry. who are those controlling the various oil companies- foriegn and local? check mobil oil ,shell etc from the highest to the lowest positions, even in Eket. the whole issue still boil down to telling ourselves the truth. truth is a light that leads to durable peace and progress. anyother quest for for aside truth no matter how that may be would not give a lasting peace. think Nigerians think peace

  • IN NIGERIA WHAT MOST NEED IS UNITY AND PEACE TO ALLOW OIL IN THE FORMER ESATERN REGION TO FLOW INTO THE POCKETS OF FEW GREEDY LEADERS AND THEIR COHORTS. BUT PEACE WITHOUT TRUTH AND FAIRNESS CAN’T LAST. TRUTH NO MATTER HOW BITTER IT IS MAKES DESIRED PEACE TO SOLDIFY AND LAST, TO BECOME DURABLE. THE WORLD SHOULD THINK AND ACT NOW NIGERIA GOING TO SOMOLIA IN YEARS TO COME.IT BETTER TO BRING IN REAL UNITY, FEDERAL SYSTEM,DEMOCRACY OR PEACEFULLY ALLOW EACH NATION TO GO. IN RECENT WEEKS BOMB ARE NOW IN THE HANDS OF MILLIANTS -IN THE NIGER DELTA OR IN THE NORTH BY MOSLEM MILLIANTS(BOKO HARRAN

  • Ha ha ha. Very funny!This would go down for the greatest ‘April Fool’ of the Century. Nice imagination though. We would like more stories. keep it up!!!

  • Olakunle, The adminstrators of this article said no personal attacks. Why then do you bring forward your theory of IBO? This purely represents your ethnic and biased impression about Ibos of which I am one so I personally feel offended. Furthermore, is it only Igboland that does not have a seaport? If you want to give your own opinion, please keep it free from Bias.

    For me, Uwazuruike buying a house or planning to buy a house in the US means nothing. It is not a crime as long as the funds belong to him. As a warlord and a freedom fighter, he probably needs a place of refuge if hostilities in Nigeria do not work in his favor.

  • Well, I did not doubt the writer in any way.Afterall why should his name be mentioned at all.He would have done it or would have done something closely related to that. For me if i know an igbo man very well, i think they are people one should apply wisdom when dealing with them.They are ery dangerous people. I have lived among them for over twenty years. I think that man can do it.

  • This report is pure fabrication, the writer shows good ‘imaginative’ qualities. Everyone in Nigeria knows Uwazuruike is a hero driving the agenda of the Igbo race boldly. When did buying a house in the USA become a crime?

  • clannish opportunists” simply, perfect description of ralph and his gullible followers. Besides, when did the Niger Delta voted to join the Igbo cause. They are just trying to drag those people along so that they can steal from their oil enrichment and probably have a sea port. These people have not forgotten how greedy an average ibo man is: IBO: I BEFORE OTHERS OR IGBO : I GRAB BEFORE OTHERS

  • This story is not a propaganda is a truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. There is no reason to discredit Uwazuruike he brought the awareness of freedom to the people of Biafra and has been working with the said Biafra Foundation for a long time who gave him the visa to visit U.S. for the purpose of signing the lobbyist contract. What will it benefit the people to lie against him, believe the story as true? Nwaibe

  • I just can blieve this why because the man in question is a man of diginity nd integrity

    a profound man of hounor nd that is why he will noy induldge him self in such character, remember dis is a man who love his people like his father DIM CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJIKWU, nd when u mentioned

    this 2 gentlemen u will see in thier eagle eye d love they ve for there people.

  • Like can be seen, this article does not sound coherent. For one, Uwazuruike cannot be termed a ‘Nigerian scammer’ just because he made moves to buy a property in the US. This pro-Biafran has a right to live his own life while living for Biafra as well. Uwazuiruike should shed more lights on this to clear doubts, wherever they exist. Taju should definitely do more research on the issue. Presently, it has no flesh.

  • All I can say is that this article sounds like a propaganda.

    Their is lots of incoherent statements in the article.,

    Anyone with the simplest ability to analyze things would see this article for what it is ” Made up Lie”

  • i just can belief this is true!!!somebody should tell me is a lie!!!Uwazuruike is a man i respect alot.infact,he and some very free nigerian freedom fighters,like GANI,the lagos lawyer,i actually respect alot.pls tell uwazurike that he should not be bought over.nigeria government is evil and he must not dine with them.he should also remember the blood of innocent biafrans who died for the sake of the stuggle.my good friend died too cos he believed in the igbo seperationist.pls dont let his blood b in vain!!!!!!