The resignation of Uche Mefor as the deputy leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu is already making headlines.
Uche Mefor has also started a new radio station called: “Biafra Human Rights and Freedom Radio (BHFR)”
Before this time, it doesn’t take much investigation to discover that things haven’t been going well with Uche Mefor and Nnamdi Kanu, their relationship has been somewhat strained by what we think character incompatibility is one of the major problems.
While Nnamdi Kanu is fiercer, more likely to use propaganda, name-calling and insults in championing the cause of IPOB, Uche Mefor is calmer, loves to provide solid evidence and facts and tries to make people understand that IPOB is not a violent organisation. While Nnamdi Kanu may say “fight!”, Uche Mefor would say “let’s come to the dialogue desk”.
Uche Mefor has consistently registered his displeasure with lies, violence and name-calling. Although he would always try to subtly avoid making his displeasure obvious, it’s been a loud whisper. He is also at odds with Nnamdi Kanu’s assertions that Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is dead and was replaced with one Jubril Al-Sudanni from Sudan.
Nnamdi Kanu’s claims about PMB’s death is one of the many conspiracy theories that has become popular among local folks. Nigeria’s president has also helped fuel this speculation by always trying to avoid serious media interactions.
During one of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcast in February, he said “I keep saying this every time, my Deputy, Uche Mefor will say don’t say it, don’t say that Buhari is dead“, this was a vivid pointer that Uche Mefor doesn’t subscribe to some of Nnamdi Kanu’s speculations that are largely based on conspiracies.
Mefor has also consistently demanded a change of approach and behaviour among IPOB members which have always been met with insults and calls to resign from members of the group which has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian Government.
While the activities of IPOB has largely been peaceful, it’s leader Nnamdi Kanu have always made inciting speeches which the Federal Government used as a leverage to proscribe the organisation, a move that has been widely condemned by foes and friends of the organisation including international organisations and NGOs.
According to NaijaNews report, a reliable ally of Mefor was quoted to have said that Nnamdi Kanu crossed the red line after he disgraced their former African representative, George Onyibe who was a strong hitman of IPOB out of office.
“What will befall Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB in no distant time will be shocking. Any ear that hears it will tingle,” the ally said.
Nnamdi Kanu has been indicted with several evidence as been egocentric, autocratic and fraudulent. Some of his statements have also been considered hate speech and inciteful causing major division between members of IPOB and the Igbo populace at large.
While Nnamdi Kanu claims to be speaking on behalf of the Igbos, many Igbos have always pointed out their displeasure against Nnamdi Kanu and his approach. While the majority of Igbos still believe that breaking away from Nigeria to form a new nation called Biafra or Ala Igbo, they don’t subscribe to Nnamdi Kanu’s idea of Biafra