- Recent comments from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, have caused confusion among Igbo people
- The president-general of the Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo, John Nwodo, says Kanu is endangering the lives of Igbo people
The Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to stop arrogating to itself the supreme leadership of Igbo land.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president-general of the organisation, John Nwodo, issued the warning in Awka on Thursday, June 29 while addressing members of the Anambra House of Assembly.
Legit.ng reports that IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu, had urged Anambra people to boycott the governorship election slated for November.
IPOB warned the people of the state to stay off the election except its demands are met before the date of the exercise.
According to Nwodo, Kanu’s call is not only provocative and misleading but also unproductive.
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“Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader; Nobody, no matter how highly placed, can dictate to Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for.
“Anambra, nay Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria; some of us want Biafra.
“Yes, some of us prefer a restructured Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the fact remains that we are still part and parcel of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, bound by its laws, no matter how repressive or unjust.
“Our approach to the reforms of our laws even if it leads to self-determination or restructuring, must be lawful.
“We must convince other Nigerians of our point of view; we must strive to make others share our convictions.
“Our language must be civil, respectful and lead to consensus building.
“We must resist any attempt to allow division among us, as to which way we must go; It must not become a source of altercations between us.
“As we speak, very many of our people living in the North are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st.
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“Other Northerners living among us are also worried.
“The Inspector-General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi Kanu’s comments, inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian Police, thereby increasing the already existing siege of our people, which leads to daily extortion on our highways.
“All these developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.
“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here; every constituent part of Anambra is represented here and I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohaneze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra state,” he said.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again reiterated its call for referendum, stressing that until the Nigerian government meets its demands, there will be no election in the South East starting from the upcoming Anambra state governorship election.
It was gathered that IPOB said should its call for referendum is not met, it will use the November 2017 governorship election in Anambra state, to set example for what is to come in the future.
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