- A younger brother to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has condemned remarks by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu over the IPOB leader's followers
- Prince Emmanuel warned the lawmaker to be mindful of his utterances over issues concerning the Igbo people
- Emmanuel also accused the former governor of Abia state of working against his own people for political gains
Umuahia - A former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor-Kalu is having a hard time with family members of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, over an uncomplimentary remark made by the lawmaker.
The Punch reports that Kanu's younger brother, Prince Emmanuel, who spoke on the behalf of the Kanu's family demanded an explanation from Senator Uzor-Kalu over his remarks that the IPOB leader's followers are "insane" population of individuals.
Premium Times had reported that the lawmaker after his visit to Kanu who is being detained at the headquarters of the State Security Services (SSS) said that the IPOB leader has an “insane amount of people rooting for his release”.
Uzor-Kalu had also said he advised the IPOB leader to consider the consequences of his actions especially as it affects the majority of the people in the southeast.
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However, in a swift reaction, Prince said the remarks by the lawmaker is disappointing not just to him but many other Igbos in the southeast region and beyond.
Uzor-Kalu advertising his visits to the IPOB leader
He also accused the lawmaker of unnecessary advertisement of his visit to his brother, Kanu “probably for political gains”.
Describing Uzor-Kalu's comment as confusing, incoherent, disparaging and uncomplimentary, Prince said it is obvious that the lawmaker is working against his own people.
"His only crime, if at all it’s a crime, is asking for the freedom of the oppressed people of Biafra."
In his opinion, Prince said that leaders like Uzor-Kalu are the reason for the growing self-determination and agitation for Biafra is unending in the southeast.
Recalling some of the roles played by the lawmaker in 2017 during the first incarceration of the IPOB leader, Prince said Uzor-Kalu's utterances show that he clearly has no solution to the travails of the Igbo people.
“By his utterances, it is clear that he is no solution but part of the problems of our people. He shouldn’t forget that history will judge him for all his actions and inactions."
“In case Sen. Kalu doesn’t know, real Igbo leaders are working behind the scene to bring about a solution to the problem of our people. They don’t make noise over it”.
The younger brother to the IPOB leader further advised the lawmaker to retrace his steps in matters concerning Ndigbo while minding his utterance.
Senator Uzor-Kalu visits Nnamdi Kanu in SSS headquarters
Uzor-Kalu while speaking after the visit said he had a discussion with the separatist leader whom he said is in good health.
He added that he encouraged Kanu to consider the consequences of his actions and utterances for the sake of the people rooting for him.
Yakassai highlights the effect of Kanu's utterances on the southeast's chances at the presidency
Also, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has said that the secessionist agitation by Nnamdi Kanu and his group will cost the southeast their desired 2023 presidency.
Yakassai said utterances by Kanu weaken the chances of the Igbo people to produce a credible presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
He also said that the southeast geopolitical zone must convince Nigerians beyond any reasonable doubt that it is ready to occupy the exalted office.