By Victor Ernest
Igbo social-cultural group Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo has urged the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to deny the citizens of Anambra the right to choose their governor.
Before now, the group was seen as the supreme body which represent the interest of the Igbo nation.
However, since the emergence of the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB has been at the forefront of the leadership of the race.
Apart from the largely successful sit-at-home declaration made by Kanu’s pro-Biafra agitators, the group has recently declared that the people of Anambra should not vote in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
And so, the President-General of the Ohanaeze, John Nwodo, in his address to members of the Anambra House of Assembly, said Kanu’s call was ”unproductive” and advised the people to ignore him.
”Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader; Nobody, no matter how highly placed, can dictate to Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for,” he said.
”Anambra, and Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria; some of us want Biafra.
”Yes, some of us prefer a restructured Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the fact remains that we are still part and parcel of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, bound by its laws, no matter how repressive or unjust.
”Our approach to the reforms of our laws even if it leads to self-determination or restructuring, must be lawful.”