Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has read a riot act to the members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to steer clear of Anambra State.
Obiano was reacting following the order by the IPOB leadership for the residents of Anambra to boycott the November 18 governorship election in the state.
The governor directed the people of the state to brace up against the threat by the IPOB, that it would disrupt the election, while urging them to rise to the challenge and confront any person or group that attempts to disrupt peace or cause chaos during the election.
It will be recalled that the leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, yesterday, led over 200,000 IPOB members on a thank-you visit to the Parish Priest of Blessed Iwene Tansi Catholic Church, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Obimma (a.k.a Ebube Muonso) for upholding the truth always and for his consistent prayers.
Reacting, Obiano, who addressed the citizens of the state at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka during a ceremony to give out millions of Naira to support mission hospitals in the state, said the state had been adjudged very safe and assured that it would remain so before, during and after the election.
According to him, “We cannot allow somebody from another state to invade our peaceful state and issue unwelcome directives to us. We will not fold our hands and watch such an individual motor in people from Abia, Enugu and other places to disrupt order in our state.
“Ignore the empty threats. Go about your lawful businesses and sleep with both eyes closed. I will keep watch over you with my two eyes open. I will let anyone who dares us know I am from Aguleri.”
The governor called on Anambrarians to take the threats as empty, saying that the majority of those at Nnamdi Kanu’s rally at Ekwulobia on Sunday were people from Abia, Enugu and other outside places, who should not be part of the elections in the state.
Meanwhile, Kanu, had during a rally of IPOB members at Ekwulobia in Aguata local government area on Sunday, renewed his call on people to boycott the forthcoming election in the state.
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