The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has cautioned Nnamdi Kanu to desist from his campaign of hate and incitement.
Responding to the order by the Director of Radio Biafra, that there will be no more election in the South East starting with a boycott the forthcoming election in Anambra state come 08 November 2017, the Leader of the apex Igbo organisation declared that the election will hold.
Nwodo made the statement while addressing members of the Anambra State House of Assembly, in Awka, Anambra State today.
He also warned Kanu not to arrogate to himself the supreme leadership of Igbo land.
Elombah.com has reported that Nnamdi Kanu yesterday got his Pro-Biafran groups to declare him (Kanu) the Supreme Leader Of Biafra Nation!
But Nwodo declared:
“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 state in November is shocking and disturbing. I hereby countermand that declaration as President of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo.
“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 Igbo land. Statement of the kind of 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 Igbos, 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 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 injust. 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 points of views, we must strive to make others share our concoctions. Our language must be civil, respectful and leads to consensus building. We must resist any attempt to turn division amongst us, as to which way we must go, becoming a source of altercation 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 among us here 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 leads to daily extortion on our highways.
“All these developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.”