Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ohanaeze Ndigbo lambast Kanu on Anambra 2017 guber

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex-Igbo socio-cultural body, has tongue- lashed the leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra ( IPOB) and proprietor of Radio Biafra for calling for a boycott of the November 18 Anambra state gubernatorial election, asking him not to “arrogate to himself the supreme leadership of Igboland ".

The Presidential-general of the group, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who led other national leaders of the Organisation on a visit to the Anambra state House of Assembly on Thursday, warned leaders of groups championing self rule for the Igbo nation to be weary of their utterances.

He said, “It was obvious that Ndigbo are suffering marginalization in the affairs of the country. The news that reached us in the past few days was that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB has declared that there will be no election in Anambra state come November is shocking and disturbing. I hereby countermand that declaration as President of Ohaneze.

“Whereas Ohaneze understands the marginalization and unfair treatment of Igbos which have given rise to self- determination movements in Igboland, leaders of these movements must not arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland. The statements credited to Nnamdi Kanu are provocative, misleading and unproductive.

“Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader? Why should any of us who are not from Anambra, no matter how highly placed, descend to the arena and dictate for Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for?

“Anambra, nay Igbo, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, 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 reforms of our 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 be civil, respectful and lead to consensus building. We must resist any attempt to turn division amongst us as to which way we must go, become a source of altercation between us.

“As we speak, very many of our people living in northern Nigeria are in complete awe and constellation regarding how safe they will be after October 1. Other northerners living among us are also worried.”

While noting that the Inspector General of police has taken notice of Nnamdi's comments inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by Nigerian police, Nnia noted that increasing the already existing dos siege of people could lead to daily extortion on highways, and the developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.

“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here. Every constituents part of Anambra is represented here. I believe that the honorable members here are competent enough to carry Ohaneze message to every nook and cranny in Anambra. We are happy with the steady progress Anambra has registered over the years. The next election can only improve not retard it” he concluded.

Responding, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, who presided over the sitting, thanked the group for rising for the course of Anambra people, adding that they would take the discourse to educate their constituents to turn deaf ears to Kanu’s utterances as regard the coming guber poll.



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