Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Nnamdi Kanu has no authority to speak for the Igbos – APGA | APGA killed 2000 Biafra agitators in Anambra – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Wednesday blasted the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for chiding Nnamdi Kanu and referring to him as an emperor.

The party in a statement on Tuesday had berated Kanu for stating that no election will be held in Anambra.

In a letter addressed to Kanu and signed by Ifeatu Obiokoye, National Publicity Secretary, APGA said the call was “irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus.”

It said the Igbo people had not “instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang” but were concerned about “Nigeria’s present structural arrangement.”

“Kanu has no authority to speak for the Igbo of the south-east, though APGA acknowledges him as the leader of IPOB,” the letter read.

“His call for a boycott of elections in the south-east, beginning with the governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017, in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of any focus.

“You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favourable comments among our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state.

“While youth of the east are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youth are equally restive; the same goes for Niger Delta youth and youth from Oduduwa states.

“In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang as it were. We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement.”

It advised the IPOB leader to drop his “emperor” perception of himself “and humble yourself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle”.

While responding on Wednesday, IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said APGA had killed over 2000 of its members in Anambra State.

The statement said, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide view the childish antics of the All Progressive Grand Alliance as a jealousy laden, derisory attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that APGA as the governing party in Anambra State has been responsible for the death of innocent Biafrans numbering over 2000 since the formation.

“The two notable instances being the infamous Ezu River bodies and the heinous massacres at Nkpor and Head Bridge Onitsha respectively.

“The party employed wholesale slaughter of their people as a way of stopping the agitation for restoration of Biafra not knowing that we are prepared to keep dying until Biafra is restored as we swore.

“In the purported letter written by the party in Anambra State threatening a showdown with IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which gave order of no election in all Biafraland starting from Anambra Gubernatorial election come November this year, APGA failed to mention the fact that Biafrans and IPOB, in particular, campaigned and voted for both Peter Obi, Rochas Okorocha and Willie Obiano but were rewarded with shoot on sight orders issued by both men.

“It is very unfortunate that APGA as a political party preoccupied with feathering the nests of a select few, underestimate the desire of every genuine Biafran to be liberated from the slavery and bondage that Nigeria has come to represent. APGA is motivated by personal greed and self-aggrandisement unlike IPOB that is purely focused on the liberation of our people and by extension, other oppressed people in Nigeria.

The group added that” The spurious and childish accusation that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is also the Director of Radio Biafra and Biafra Television to stop parading himself as emperor smacks more of envy borne out of desperation than a reasoned assertion.

“There is no one more humble than the IPOB leader, that is why he is loved by millions, so the little anti-Biafra rant by APGA will only encourage us the more to ensure that the lockdown of Anambra State come 18 November 2017 is total and complete.

“We would prove to APGA that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has never in his life, since the inception of IPOB, indulged himself or arrogated any powers to himself.

“The perverse insinuation that he made himself a god is a clever ploy designed to appeal to the envious nature of certain individuals who wish to be like him but can never.

“It is insulting for a party that supervised the killing of thousands of IPOB family members, which they connived with the APC Government of Buhari to cover up, to be advising the same people they killed to turn against IPOB. History will remember the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the party that murdered those that voted her into power.”

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