The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, says members of his group will participate in the forthcoming governorship elections in Abia and Ebonyi state.
Kanu who made this comment during a live interactive broadcast on radio Biafra which was monitored by Naija News on Saturday, said this became imperative in order to vote out Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Dave Umahi whom he described as “enemies of Biafra“.
The secessionist leader said the accusation of kidnapping levelled against the IPOB by Governor Umahi, is a sign of trying to justify the invitation Umahi placed on the Nigerian Army to begin another phase of Operation Python Dance in the southeast.
Giving reasons for his new decision on the participation of his group in the forthcoming election, Kanu said: “Because we said we are not going to vote doesn’t mean we can’t mobilise to have you voted out. That’s what will happen in Abia and Ebonyi. Perhaps if we keep quiet all the time, they’ll think, since they’re not going to vote does it really matter?
“But we have a very special programme for Abia and Ebonyi. They’ll find it difficult. The day people will realise the damage people like Umahi are doing to our people, then will understand why we must get rid of them in the corridors of power.
“Fulani Herdsmen are rampaging in our land, but Umahi and his Igbo governors are busy planning on how to kill IPOB members. Okezie Ikpeazu has the temerity to say that I don’t keep to agreement, but he forgot that I’ve never met him in my life talk less of having agreement with him. He lives about a thousand metres from my house, but I don’t know who he is.
“Accusing someone or a group of plotting high profile kidnapping on a large scale as alleged by Umahi against IPOB is a very serious business as it is not only capable of igniting violence from Nigerian Security Agencies, but have also given them license to kill Biafrans,” the IPOB leader added.
Naija News reports that Kanu is leading a group seeking secession from Nigeria. The group has since been proscribed by the Nigerian government.
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