Nnamdi Kanu isn’t one known to sit well with criticisms, and he his reacting to the latest backlash from governor, Rochas Okorocha, whilst warning about “war.”
In a statement. the Imo state governor previously said that the BIAFRA leader and his members are deceiving Igbos with their call for a separation from Nigeria, adding that he is worried that traditional leaders in the South East and clergymen have not come out to speak against the recent calls for separation by IPOB members.
“On IPOB, the cloud is gathering storm, nobody is talking even our traditional rulers, Pastors and leaders, this is bad for our people. If you will remember vividly that a few years ago, during the Civil War, it was a similar story. That was how it all started. At that time, we believed that the Ohafia warriors will be able to fight and disseminate the North. Now we are been deceived that IPOB will drive away Nigeria and give us Biafra. Even our Pastors, men of God and some leaders in the rural areas, nobody is speaking out against this action and the song of war is coming gradually like a desert encroachment. We fought the war and it was believed that the Igbos will learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions. There are 5 million Igbo living outside the shores of Igbo region. Any form of war will cause the Igbo over 3 trillion naira loss in properties and assets. No sane person will spread the message of division and war because it does not benefit the Igbo in any way. I urge you, traditional rulers, to speak against it and educate your people on the true state of things. Igbo need to build bridge of unity across the nation,” the statement read.
Well, BIAFRA has reacted to a statement made by Rochas Okorocha:
The statement from BIAFRA read, “IPOB attention has been drawn to a publication credited to Rochas Okorocha, governor of IMO state through his Chief Press sec. Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo on 14th Aug.2017 that Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are deceiving Igbo with Biafra. Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are not fraudsters or criminals, who acquired wealth through fraudulent means and illicit businesses before coming to power. Okorocha should know that we are fighting for freedom of our people and it is our human right to fight for freedom. It is also our right to seek for self determination. We are fighting for survival today in this contraption because the so called leaders have led us into slavery, death, economic marginalization and other dehumanizing ways of living. It is unfortunate that when we talk about freedom through the ballot box, the likes of Okorocha would term it a call for war. I want to inform Okorocha that Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are not ready to build bridges with those who killed over 3.5millions of our people and still killing us till date. We cannot build bridges with those who see a call for referendum as a call for war and see truth as hate speech. We cannot build any bridge with those who see us as objects or infidels and not as humans.”
Later, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said that they are not afraid of fighting against Hausa people in order to actualize Biafra, saying , “We ask for a referendum to go our separate way, but you, Okorocha and your Hausa Fulani brothers are conversing for war. If it comes to that, Biafrans shall defend themselves, we have done it before and we shall gladly and happily do it again.”
He continued, “Remember that 2017 shall never be compared to 1967-1970. As you summoned the pastors, traditional leaders and your so called leaders also don’t fail to summon the Arewa youths to build bridges over the lives of Biafran in the Northern Nigeria over their quit notice of October 1st, 2017.”
God help us in this nation called Nigeria, amen.