Wednesday, 5 July 2017

IPOB, pro-Biafran groups disown Nnamdi Kanu as leader

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN), a political arm of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged the general public to stop describing the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as founder and leader of IPOB.

That was even as the leader of Biafra war veterans disassociated themselves from Kanu, alleging that his hate speeches were contributing more pains, agony and marginalization of Igbos in Nigeria.

Leaders of the two groups reacted in an exclusive interview with news48hrs.com in Awka, Anambra State capital, following the recent calls allegedly made by Kanu that Anambra residents should boycott the November 18, 2017 gubernatorial poll.

According to Director of MOBIN, Rita Ebelechukwu Anigbogu (Ada Biafra), “Although Kanu is my boss; he is never the founder and leader of IPOB. We only made him a director of Radio Biafra and man in-charge of Biafra media platform.”

Anigbogu, who hails from Nkpologwu, Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, added that the pro-Biafra activist has no right to speak on behalf of IPOB, which according her is under the leadership of Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra.

She said, “The Supreme Council of Elders of Indigenous People of Biafra has all it takes to decide what happens in this struggle. They are not in support of the calls for boycotting of the election. We have gone to the grassroots; concertizing and educating people to participate on all the electoral processes starting from voters registration to contesting and voting during the election.

“This is because we have confirmed that power of liberation is not found on the street but in parliament. Biafra will come from parliament and not street. For the past one month we have been in the state educating people to fully participate on the election. The referendum we are talking about is a political process that could only be achieved through voters card.”

On the recent threats by group of Northerners that people of Southeast living in their land should vacate before October 1, the MOBIN Director urged Igbos to disregard such threats as according to her, it is the Fulanis that should vacate the land since they migrated from other parts of the world into Nigeria, and not the Igbos, who built and develop the north.

Meanwhile, a spiritualist and healer, Prophet Ramas Okoye Asuzu of Nri, Anaocha Local Government Area, who claimed to be the leader of Biafra war veterans, has advised Nnamdi Kanu to be weary of his utterances to avoid leading the Igbos back to civil war.

Asuzu, while charging the media and the general public to cease describing Kanu as IPOB leader, advised the freedom activist to stop parading himself as a leader as such power could only be ascribed onto him by stakeholders, leaders and Southeastern governors.

“Kanu’s speeches could degenerate into crises or war as similar cases contributed to 1967 civil war. People should stop parading themselves as leaders of Igbo. We know only MOBIN as true propagator of Biafra liberation. We the Biafra war veterans have decided to keep quiet while they speak for us. We started this struggle before Kanu join the struggle. So, he should mind how speak on our behalf especially when we have not told him to speak.”



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