Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, head of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has condemned the call by the leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to boycott the upcoming Anambra governorship election.
The Archbishop was reacting following the call made by Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB leadership to its members to boycott the Anambra election as well as other states in the South-Eastern region.
Recall that Mazi Kanu the leader of the secessionist group known as IPOB, has in several occasion told its members to boycott any election in the South-East till Nigeria government set a date for a referendum.
According to IPOB, “we are no longer going to participate in any election in the Nigeria till the federal government give us a date to for referendum”.
However, reacting over the statement issued by Kanu led IPOB, Archbishop Chukwuma described the order as “nonsense and unpatriotic” and should be ignored by the Anambra residents.
He said; “Anambra election must be held. I don’t support it and I heard that at Aguleri (axis of Anambra), they have said that the election is going to hold. Whatever is their grievances that should not stop it.
“All we want is that Anambra election must go forward. Anambra is one of the core states of Igbo and nobody should disrupt peace there. So they should be very careful and cautioned. IPOB should know that if they want to get the blessings of the elders and some of us, they should be cautioned in the way they act. Otherwise, if we back out from them, they will lose relevance.
“Since Kanu came out, has he come to see me? But we fought and talked about him. All he does is to be talking about Judaism. Where do we have Judaism in the East? He shouldn’t be a religious bastard. Has he come to see me? And many of us fought for him and he came out. Look, Kanu is not an Igbo leader. So he should cool down otherwise he will lose his relevance. He is not an Igbo leader.
“He did not see the civil war, so I’m not happy with him. I am bitter with Kanu because those who fought for him and those who spoke out on his behalf. He has not even visited some of us. Rather he is talking rubbish somewhere else. We don’t want anybody to put us into war. We must come to discuss and he must be cautioned to mind what he is saying sometimes.
“Because as far as I am concerned most of us are talking on his behalf but he has not come. Rather he is going to profess himself to be a Jew or whatever. Was it Judaism that saved him? We prayed for him. We talked about him. Many of us were given bad names but up till now he hasn’t even come to pay homage and for us to advise him. So whatever he is saying he is saying it on his own.
“It is his followers and all these people who are now listening to him, particularly even some of the Igbo in the Diaspora that may be sponsoring him. They should be careful and stop disrupting our peace here and giving us a bad name.
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