- APGA has told IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to stay humble and drop his ‘emperor’ perception about himself
- The party said Kanu’s call for Anambra election boycott was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus
- Kanu had told all Igbos to boycott both the November 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state and the 2019 general election should the federal government fail to do nothing about restoration of Biafra
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has advised Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to be humble and drop his ‘emperor’ perception about himself.
This comes even as the party criticized Kanu’s call on Anambra people to shun forthcoming gubernatorial poll in the state.
In a letter to Kanu, signed by its national publicity secretary, Ifeatu Obiokoye and made available to the media in Awka on Monday, June 26, APGA said that Kanu’s call was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus, NAN reports.
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Part of the statement read: “We advise Kanu to drop his emperor perception of himself and humble himself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle.”
The party said that Kanu had no authority to speak for the Igbos of the South-East, although it acknowledged him as the leader of IPOB.
It explained that Biafra’s concept was a metaphor for the demand for equity and fair play in the Nigeria state and not a separatist movement.
The statement added: “Nnamdi Kanu’s 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 youths of the East are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youths are equally restive; the same goes for Níger Delta youths and youths 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.”
APGA also reminded Kanu that the right to vote and be voted for was a universally declared right under the United Nations Charter of People’s and Citizenship Right, and in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The party said that it stood for restructuring and implementation of the 2014 National Conference resolutions “as a certain way to peaceful co-existence among ethnic nationalities and for dousing tension.”
APGA also urged Kanu not to be carried away by the success of the May 30 sit-at-home call, which was attributable to many reasons, including fear.
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However, the party demanded a re-visit and implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference, which arguably addressed the parameters for the restructuring of the nation.
Last week, NAIJ.com reported that Nnamdi Kanu in the presence of a mammoth crowd of IPOB members gathered in his father’s palace at Isiama Afara-Ukwu Ibeku Umuahia, the Abia state capital, told all Igbos to boycott both the November 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state and the 2019 general election should the federal government fail to do nothing about restoration of Biafra.
“I’m preaching this gospel, that if the ‘zoo’ doesn’t do anything, and give a date for our referendum, come November this year, there will be no governor in Anambra State. In 2019, the whole of Biafra Land will not vote for any President. There will be no Senator, there will be no House of Reps, there will be no House of Assembly and there will be no councillors,” he said.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu talking about Biafra in Abia state.