Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
ELDER statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, says members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are endangering the lives, investments and properties of Igbos in Igboland and throughout Nigeria by their unguarded and provocative feedback and actions.
Speaking when the management of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) conferred on him the award as its grand patron in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Iwuanyanwu decried the collateral injury completed to the Igbos and their companies over actions of IPOB and its chief, Nnamdi Kanu in current occasions.
He lamented that the majority occasions, IPOB members had taken obligations for actions they knew nothing about, thereby endangering the lives of the Igbos.
“Igbo youths should keep away from circumstances that they do not perceive. What IPOB did throughout the #ENDSARS protests was very heinous. Their chief went about taking accountability for points and destructions they knew nothing about.
“He also ordered his followers to kill some people in Igboland. If you give orders for another person to be killed in your place, don’t be surprised that your people will be killed also. There is no place in Nigeria that you can’t find an Igbo man. So, ordering the killing of anyone in your community is endangering your people. Apart from the fact that most of our population live outside Igboland, Igbo investment outside Igboland is over $2trillion,” he stated.
Iwuanyanwu suggested the IPOB chief to observe the footsteps of late Biafran chief, Oduimegwu Ojukwu, reminding him that earlier than the starting of Biafra War in 1967, Ojukwu did not declare secession on his personal, however was known as upon by all to take action. He nevertheless stated presently, Ndigbo are not speaking about secession however are demanding the restructuring of the nation to permit for fairness for all Nigerians.
Iwuanyanwu stated, “Ojukwu did not ignore elders and he by no means declared Biafra on his personal. It was the individuals from all walks of life – the academia, businessmen, civil and public servants that known as upon him to declare the state of Biafra and grow to be its chief. That was why Ojukwu was capable of maintain Nigeria for 3 years with out rebel. Most of us who fought the battle had been clever, however we needed to be part of and combat the battle. We’re very proud that we fought that battle.
On why he took over Prof. George Obiozor’s marketing campaign forward of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo election, Iwuanyanwu disclosed that some charlatans had been about securing the endorsement of Governor Hope Uzodimma for the place of president common. “I’ve sacrificed my life fighting for Ndigbo. I revived Ohanaeze Ndigbo in 1988 when I was running for Nigeria’s president. The reason for that was because of my desire for Ndigbo to speak with one voice,” he stated.
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