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Okorocha, Willie Obiano, Ohanaeze ndi Igbo, Blast Nnamdi Kanu Over Comments

Ohanaeze, the apex Igbo so­cio-cultural organization, has said it would disown Nnam­di Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peo­ples of Biafra (IPOB), if he persists in making statements capable of under­mining national unity.

Ohanaeze’s position was made public the same day Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, described Kanu as representing himself rather than the Igbo nation.

Addressing members of Anam­bra state House of Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, yesterday, the President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, expressed bitterness over Kanu’s call for a boy­cott of Anambra Governorship elec­tion scheduled to hold in November.

He threatened that the Igbo would disown Kanu and his group, if he continued to make such reck­less statements, adding that he has breached the undertaking he took be­fore him (Nwodo) when he was re­leased from detention.

He said: “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 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 Igboland.

“Statements of the kind 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 unjust.

He was received by the Speaker of Anambra state House of Assem­bly, Mrs. Rita Mmaduagwu, and a for­mer national Chairman of the All Pro­gressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Umeh, among other members of the House.

Maduagwu and Umeh in their separate speeches, warned the Igbo to eschew division in whatever cause they are pursuing, saying that the time for the Federal Government to listen to the Igbo has come.

Earlier, the Anambra State Gov­ernor, Chief Willie Obiano, represent­ed by his Senior Special Assistant on legislative matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, had said that the state gov­ernment was committed to the Igbo cause, and would continue to do eve­rything to support the Ohaneze in protecting the Igbo interest.

Also, yesterday, Imo State Gover­nor Rochas Okorocha justified the ex­clusion of Nnamdi Kanu from con­sultations on ethnic tensions in the country.

The governor said that Kanu does not represent the Igbo nation even though he rides on the back of the obvious lack of federal presence and neglect of the South East.

Addressing journalists at the end of the National Executive Coun­cil (NEC) meeting in Abuja, Governor Okorocha described Nnamdi Kanu as young man seeking for relevance, saying that what he stands for must be treated separately from the entire Igbo nation.

He asked: “Does Nnamdi Kanu has the capacity to lead Igbos to war or lead me and the governors to war? So, I will stand now and Nnamdi Kanu will tell me stand up let’s go to war,”

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