The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has announced a new name, Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) for the group.
Uwazuruike announced this on Sunday while addressing newsmen in Owerri. He said he was irked by the bad corporate image some members are giving MASSOB.
“The change in name became absolutely necessary because of the sad introduction of violence by the disgruntled dissidents and this is at variance with the non-violence stance of MASSOB over the years,” Uwazuruike said.
According to him, real loyalists of MASSOB feel ashamed to be associated with violence. They promised to restructure MASSOB to make it the youth wing of the new Biafra Independent Movement.
Commenting on the detention of the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Uwazuruike recalled how he recruited him in 1989 to head the organisation but said he was sacked by MASSOB when he started brainwashing the youths and preaching hatred.