President-general of of Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday berated the statement made by the leader of Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu over Anambra governorship election.

It would be recalled that Kanu has told to its members to boycott Anambra governorship election which slated to hold on November 18, 2017, till Nigeria government fix a date for a referendum.

Reacting to the statement, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo said Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB has no right to issue such statement in Igbo land.

The President-general of of  Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, who addressed Anambra State House Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, yesterday, expressed sadness that Kanu had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) and Ohanaeze when he (Kanu) visited him after his release from detention.

Nwodo said as a father, “the way I commended them as my children, is the way I have the right to chastise them when they go wrong. We don’t need this heat up.”

“News that reached us in the past few days that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB has declared that there will be no election in Anambra in November is shocking and disturbing. I, hereby countermand that declaration as president general of Ohanaeze.

“Whereas Ohanaeze understands the marginalisation and unfair treatment of Igbo which have given rise to self-determination movements in Igboland, leaders of these movements must not arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland. 

“Statements of the kind credited to 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, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria. Yes, some of us want Biafra. Yes, some of us prefer a restructuring.

“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 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 turn division amongst us,’’ he warned, as to which way we must go, become a source of altercations between us.

“As we speak, very many of our people living in Northern Nigeria are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st. Other Northerners living amongst us are also worried.

“The Inspector General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi’s comments inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian Police, increasing the already existing siege of our people which can lead 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. I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohaneze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra State.”

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