The Igbo apex social-political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned that activities of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), will affect the chances of Igbos producing Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Naija News reports that the now detained leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, had used various channels to call for the disintegration of Nigeria and creation of Biafra Republic.
The outlawed group had established a security outfit called the Eastern Security Network, ESN, which have been accused of carrying out attacks on security agents, government establishment and innocent citizens.
Speaking to Daily Post in an interview, the Deputy President-General of Ohanaeze, Dimm Uche Okwukwu, stated that Kanu’s directive to his supporters would jeopardize the chance of the Igbos in producing a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated that Nnamdi Kanu should be ignored because Igbos are peace loving people who are always willing to live in harmony other ethnic groups.
“Marginalization has a way of producing results and you will agree with me that majority of the people are poor and marginalized,” Okwukwu said.
“When you tell them what they want to hear, these poor marginalized people will follow you; but Nnamdi Kanu is not getting it right because he has subscribed to violence as a way and has not limited it to Igbo leaders.
“He has attacked Asiwaju in Lagos, Ekweremadu, Rotimi Amaechi; he has threatened to kill Igbo leaders and governors so he not only attacking outsiders; he is also attacking his Igbo brothers and sisters.
“The point I’m making is that we must consciously take Nnamdi Kanu and put him where he belongs. He is not an Igbo leader and not speak for Ndigbo.
“Igbos don’t subscribe to violence, anarchy, or destruction if lives and properties; this is my argument. Igbos are willing to live in harmony with other tribes in Nigeria.
“Igbos are saying 50 years after the war, allow an Igbo man to occupy the Presidency. Jonathan ruled for six years and Nigeria did not disappear; Yorubas have been in power, the North has ruled, now allow the Igbo. If you give them the presidency will they have any other argument tomorrow? Will they say Nigeria is marginalizing them? The answer is no because people will ask they were in the presidency for eight years what did they do with it.
“Kanu’s agitation will certainly to a large extent affect our chances. Nnamdi Kanu’s agitations, pronouncements, actions, omissions and commissions affects us in one way or the other.
“He is preventing voters’ registration in Igbo land, he is asking supporters to destroy their PVC. So, apart from the fact that Nigeria needs us to some extent, they mirror us through Nnamdi Kanu’s actions.
“The outcome of his action is jeopardizing our desire because when you say people should destroy their PVCs and not participate in voters’ registration, it affects us, I won’t deny that in one way or the other.
“However, I’m appealing that nobody should mirror the Igbos through the actions of IPOB.”