Thursday, 29 June 2017

Civil disobedience will continue until the govt bows, Nnamdi Kanu says as PFN cautions IPOB on uncivil activities

Seven pro-Biafra groups, on Wednesday, decided to work together under the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, with the aim of speaking in one voice in their quest for referendum that will lead to the formation of the Republic of Biafra.

Rising from a closed door  meeting with Kanu, attended by over 5,000 people from various groups in Afaraukwu, Kanu’s native home, to witness his appointment as the overall leader of Biafra, Uchenna Madu, who addressed journalists, said the decision was to work together and speak with one voice under a central leader, saying, however, that all the groups still exist but would be speaking with one voice as the quest for referendum hots up.

“Distinguished members and great people of Biafra and supporters of divine mission of emancipation of the land of Biafra from the oppressive Nigeria State, we salute you. Today, we stand in this holy land of Biafra in unique and brotherly gathering to honour our own brother, who distinguished himself in the self-determination struggle for Biafra actualization and restoration.

“Today in honour of our supreme leader, Chukwu Okike Abiama and in remembrance of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we the people of Biafra under the representation of all the pro-Biafra groups, hereby, adopt and declare our brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as the new leader of Biafra Nation,  under whose leadership, through the grace of Chukwu Okike Abiama, the people of Biafra shall rest.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s leadership shall bring unity, peace, progress and brotherly love among the esteemed people of Biafra through the instrumentality of mutual and intimate understanding among the pro-Biafra groups.”

The groups are Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB);  Biafran Revolutionary Organisation (BRO); Eastern People Congress (EPC); Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB); Biafra Liberation Crusaders (BLC); and Salvation People of Biafra (SPB).

In his reaction, Nnamdi Kanu, “I am humbled by this decision of the groups. We started together and we have all ended up together because we are sincere and purposeful. I am not in the habit of letting my friends down.

“Everybody will be carried along; if I am invited for any meeting, I will take some people along. Today is a great day for Biafrans all over the world. Today, we have shamed our enemies that think that we cannot come together, who think that if we get Biafra, we will kill ourselves, we have shamed them.”

Answering question, Kanu  said he does not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria being called by eminent Nigerians, saying that Nigerian Government would not keep any agreement reached in the restructuring exercise.

According to him, it is  referendum or nothing. He said Aburi agreement was reneged on by Nigerian Government and that the 2014 National Conference was dumped where it was coated by dust until the Biafra agitation became intense and it was remembered.

On whether the IPOB  has formerly written to the United Nations demanding referendum, Kanu said the best letter was the continuous civil disobedience, which he said serves as “handwriting on the wall  for the government. They wake up to see it everyday.”

Meanwhile, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has advised Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB to use dialogue rather than engaging in uncivil activities in their struggle for Biafra.

The Chairman of PFN, Enugu State Chapter, Rev. Godwin Madu, gave this advice shortly after a special prayer meeting for peace in the country on Wednesday, Vanguard reports.

The special meeting was organised by the PFN at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Province of Excellence), Enugu.

According to him, PFN is opposed to the radical approach being used by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in its agitations for the South-East.

“Nigeria is good as a country. Anywhere we feel aggrieved, the matter could be addressed amicably instead of heating up the polity and creating unnecessary tension in the entire country,’’ he said.

The PFN Chairman, however, urged the Arewa youth to quickly sheath their swords and work for peace since violence and crisis cannot benefit anybody.

He told the northern youth that “Nigeria had no particular landlord’’, hence no tribe was empowered by the Nigerian Constitution to issue quit notice to any other ethnic group or people.

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