Mixed reactions trail Kanu’s deputy, media aide resignation
By Olisemeka Obeche, Phil Okose & Jonathan Asikason
The leadership crisis rocking the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has taken deeper dimensions following the sudden resignation of the group’s deputy leader, Mazi Uche Okafor-Mefor, followed by the group’s new media & special duties coordinator, Amaka Ekwo.
Mefor, who had been Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s closest ally, Orient Daily learnt, broke camp with IPOB to establish a Biafra Human Rights and Freedom Radio (BHFR). He was said to have accused the IPOB leader of deceit and dictatorship with his exit coming barely nine months after Kanu had publicly disclosed that he opposed the controversial claim that President Muhammadu Buhari was dead and had been replaced by a character known as ‘Jubril Al-Sudanni’ from Sudan. “I keep saying this every time; my deputy, Uche Mefor, will say don’t say it; don’t say that Buhari is dead,” Kanu said in a live Radio Biafra broadcast in February.
Sources say, Kanu and his lieutenant began to fall apart following Mefor’s persistent clamour for a change of approach and attitude amongst IPOB members towards the struggle. The frosty relationship between the two leaders, it was gathered culminated in exchange of words.
Kanu’s struggle also suffered another blow following the resignation of Miss Amaka Ekwo, who also doubles as his press secretary. “Fellow IPOB activists, Thanks for the love & support you gave me for many years. I’m no longer the IPOB New Media & Special Duties Coordinator & Press Secretary to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader. Please direct all enquiries relating to my former posts to the right people,” she said in a statement posted on her twitter handle.
Ekwo who, until her resignation, was one of the most influential IPOB members on the social media, did not provide explanation for pulling out of the struggle, just hours after Mefor broke ties with the group.
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has attributed the crisis currently rocking the Kalu-led IPOB to deceit by Kanu against his members, politicians and the Igbo nation in particular.
Making this disclosure to Orient Daily, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike’s special assistant on social media matters, Comrade Emma N. Nnadi, stated that, “Nnamdi Kanu has gotten into serious problem now. He was enjoying the support of some Igbo politicians but since this EndSARS protest, some of those supporters started pulling out, including his members and his deputy, Uche Mefor, who has already formed his own radio station.”
“Mefor accused Kanu of lying to him and scheming him out from certain issues. If you create a monster it will turn against you one day and that is what is happening between Kanu and those who sponsored him.”
“A lot of them have been resigning from Kanu’s camp and forming their own organisations.
“Kanu is using President Donald Trump to deceive the people that he will assist Igbo to actualise a Biafra nation. How can they rely on Trump?”
“Kanu does not even have any connection with Trump. What he is saying about Trump coming to help actualise Biafra is just rubbish, deceit.”
Uwazuruike insisted that the group’s struggle was on track and that no amount of blackmail would stop it. “We are against one Nigeria; we stand for a Biafra nation. Our main purpose is Biafra.”
There have been mixed reactions to the IPOB crisis. Francis Nzeribe described Mefor’s exit as a danger signal to IPOB. “If this is true, then something is definitely wrong with this Biafra movement. If someone like Uche Mefor can leave IPOB, MNK should check himself also. Maybe he’s not a good leader.”
Uwazie Chijioke, described the crisis as show of shame and an indication that the Biafra struggle had been turned to avenue for power and wealth. “What a shame with those who think that they are the ones to lead us to this promise land. It is unfortunate that the quest for money will never allow you all to work in harmony. Shame.”
However, some die hard Kanu fans took a swipe at Mefor for his resignation, describing it as good development. “Even Uche Mefor? Wonders they say shall never end. Some people are a disgrace to Igbo race. These are some of those that made them to be saying that every Igbo has a price. But, thank God for people like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for proving them wrong,” a Kanu supporter tweeted via @Vicky Best.VB.
Isoko Creek Biafran, described it as a welcomed development. “Resignation is honourable, this one is good intentioned. Better than grumbling or sabotage. But watch BHFR is actually complementary to the common Biafra struggle, in fact it’s integral to the cause. Congrats to us all and thanks to MNK and MUM for the undying flames.”
Amechi Simeon adds: “If he’s doing it in line with Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu-led IPOB, well he shall wax strong, but if he’s doing it like Sons of Judas (SOJ) then he shall fail woefully. Those criminals – Iroanya, Omiomio Emma Nmezu and cohorts amongst us who left, today they are all irrelevant.”
Blessed Emma stressed that there was no cause for alarm. “Let’s get it right please, there is nothing wrong for someone to resign from his or her work, let him use his own platform to elevate the struggle and restoration of Biafra.”
Emeka Ogbonna, however, called for caution in apportioning blames to Kanu over the latest crisis rocking the group. “Do not be quick to judge. There may be reasons this happened, until you hear from Nnamdi Kanu. I believe you don’t know Nnamdi Kanu very well. He is very humble if you meet him in person. He is very vocal on issues concerning Biafra.”
Uche Samson Amajuoyi agrees: “Let us not to be quick to judge; we want our deputy leader, Mazi Uche Mefor Okafor, to come out and clear the air.”