(Jeff Amechi Agbodo, ONITSHA)
Chief Ralph Uwazuruike led Biafra Independence Movement (BIM) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government for alleged plots of transforming Nigeria into an Islamic State to the advantage of the Moslems in Nigeria.
Uwazuruike who spoke through the Biafra Director of information, Mr. Chris Mocha revealed that the Organization of an Islamic State (OIC) is an organization that does not hide its ambition to Islamize any country not only its member states but the whole world, urged Igbo tribe and our Niger Delta brothers to resist any attempt to extend the jihad that is bound to come to their territory.
According to him, “For some time now, some Northern Muslim leaders who are also members of Arewa consultative forum (ACF) had approached Buhari and advised him to transform Nigeria into an Islamic State. I urge my people to resist any attempt to Islamize the country as they are always targets and worst hit of every crises in the North and south West’’.
He however disclosed that already the former Nigerian Military President Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babargida (Retd) had in 1986 unilaterally took Nigeria to OIC, saying that the testing of sharia in Zamfara State and other Northern States, it appeared tested the waters for the Islamic State in Nigeria.
The BIM leader also raised the alarm over steady influx of armed fulani herdsmen into Enugu, Imo, Delta and Anambra States and alleged and regretted that Igbo tribe is likely to be the worst hit of attempt to Islamize Nigeria just as Igbos were the major victims of the sharia crises in the North.
“Some local communities have already received the warning letters of possible attack by the Armed Fulani herdsmen including Okpanam, Iselle-uku, Irete, Mberi, Okigwe. Others are Achalla, Atani, Igbariam, Umumbo, Omasi and Nimbo in Uzo-uwani Local Government of Enugu state” he alleged.
The group however condemned the murder of an Orodo, Imo state born late Mrs Bridget Agbahime killed in Kano by Muslim extremists and stated that the late Mr. Gideon Akaluka who was also beheaded in Kano in 1994 by some Muslim fundamentalists, formed part of reason for the renewed agitation for Biafra by its leader and founder of MASSOB, Chief Uwazuruike.
“BIM demanded for an open trial of the suspects arrested for the murder of Mrs. Agbahime but lamented that none of the culprits who committed similar heinous murder against Igbo Christians in the past were ever brought to book by either the State or the federal government pointing out that their statement only ended on the pages of Newspapers” he lamented.