Ohanaeze cautions IPOB over Anambra election

Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

The Apex Igbo cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo, has cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement not to arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igbo land.

The president-general of the organisation, John Nwodo, gave the warning in Awka on Thursday while addressing members of the Anambra House of Assembly.

The warning was sequel to a call by IPOB, a pro-Biafra group led by Nnamdi Kanu, urging Anambra people to boycott the governorship election slated for November.

Mr. Nwodo said Mr. Kanu’s call was not only provocative and misleading but also unproductive and advised the people to ignore him.

“Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader; Nobody, no matter how highly placed, can dictate to 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; 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 unjust.

“Our approach to the 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 allow division among us, as to which way we must go; It must not become a source of altercations between us.

“As we speak, very many of our people living in the North are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st.

‘‘Other Northerners living among us are also worried.

“The Inspector-General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi Kanu’s comments, inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian Police, thereby 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.

“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here; every constituent part of Anambra is represented here and I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohaneze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra State.’’

Mr. Nwodo further said that the organisation would visit other houses of assembly in Igbo-speaking states as part of its consultations.

He expressed happiness over the peace existing in the state and the steady progress Anambra had recorded over the years. (NAN)


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  • PolyGon2013

    Ohaneze ndi oshi. It is too late. All we want is Biafra. Hail Biafra.

    • 0tile

      Fraud. You are a known Odua coward, how can you people want great Biafra?

      • Deansmart

        Look at this foolishly brave biafraud and a flipping cannibals, who care about your senseless approach towards your so call self deterioration

    • Bakanridi

      Oya go ahead and declare your enclave republic as once done by Colonel Ojukwu, if you are really serious. If you can’t shut up; go back to your spare parts biz and stop making noise.

  • Uzoma John

    Nwodo don’t waste your time to educate illiterate Kanu and his followers. What you have said I say everyday to his mumu followers online. They will only rain insults on you. That’s all. Common sense and intelligence is not noise making. Until Kanu floats his own party, get elected to have right to legally speak for Ndi Igbo through lawful means, they are just wasting precious time. Gathering okada riders, traders and some miscreants can’t help his cause. Struggles these days are not physical or with guns and hate speeches but with diplomacy, civility, common sense and strategy. All of these elude Kanu and his followers. Let’s see where this noise making will end.

    • aboki

      Tell them may THEM hear.
      No one can hold Nigeria to ransom.
      Nigeria is bigger than any individuals no matter his or her position.
      Insults and names calling is the only speciality, as they hardly participate in issues of National importance or interest.

    • obiora

      Which law is Lawful. So that some one can speak for Ndi-Igbo. It is like you are getting some thing from this Government.

      • Uzoma John

        Oh. You are one of Kanu’s vuvuzela. Continue ridiculing yourselves. You better go look for something meaningful to do with your life.

  • Dejandon

    Sane Igbo leaders have suddenly found their voices. Where were they over the last two years? Now that some riffraff in the North made ill-thought out threats, they all suddenly realised Kanu cannot be talking for Igbos. Why did they not tell the uncutured boy this a while ago.

    • duwdu

      Well said, Dejandon.


    • Boss

      They are talking now because this will affect their access to the State Treasury. If election is disrupted, un-elected appointees will take over. Of course the appointed persons will be Igbos.
      The IPOB project is to force an Igbo presidency, unfortunately the project has succeeded in creating deep distrust for an Igbo presidency. Until two years ago, Igbo had the presidency and other key ministries. We still remember that President Jonathan was also called Azikiwe and his wife also said one of her parents is Igbo. An Igbo senator warned the Igbos not to support President Jonathan but support a Northerner to complete Yardua’s term so that when the PDP rotates the presidency to the south, Igbo will have the best chance. That was a strategic thinking but the man was shouted down.

    • 0tile

      Is it true that Imam Mohamed Buhari is scheduled to came back next Friday? If he fails to show up then everybody should run for cover because calamity is about to hit one Nigeria.

  • curseless

    Mr Nwodo is double talking

  • obiora

    Mr Nwaodo how long will it take other Nigerians you said to understand that we do not want anymore. You are dividing us and saying we must resist division. Anambra leaders choosed by Nigeria is Nigerian Leader. Nwodo If you do not know how it will be you better ask.

  • Emeka Umeh

    All these politicians should go and sit down, enough of these nonsense in Nigeria. We are taking the bull by the horns this time.