Kanu not IPOB leader – Ikedife *What Igbo leaders are doing for his release

By Editor on 17/04/2016

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It has emerged that Nnamdi Kanu, detained since October 2015, and currently undergoing trial for treason, is actually not the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, who disclosed this in an interview with The Sunday Sun, said that contrary to what has been assumed, Kanu, only used his position as Director of Radio Biafra, to usurp the leadership of the group.

Regardless, his continued detention, has remained a sore point that threatens the peace and unity of the country, making his release quite imperative, Ikedife, adding that the position of the body, was that he should be released to the leadership of the group for proper advice.

He said the leadership of the group falls under the Supreme Council for the Indigenous People of Biafra (SIPOB), which was already pursuing the Biafran agitation peacefully through the courts, before the new dimension introduced by Kanu.

Hear him: “Thank you for asking this ques­tion because there is confusion in the minds of people. There is Supreme Council of the Indigenous People of Biafra, which has used the Bilie Human Right Initiative (a body corporate) to take the Federal Gov­ernment to court. And they are still in the Federal High Court, Owerri,Imo State. The case came up on March 30, 2016 and it is coming up again on May 2, 2016.


“Now, Nnamdi Kanu has adopted and is using the acronym, IPOB. People say Nnamdi Kanu is the lead­er of IPOB. The truth is that Kanu is the Director of Radio Biafra. We founded the IPOB, not Kanu. In the IPOB we founded, there is division of labour. Kanu only handled the communication wing of the organi­zation but he went ahead to arrogate himself as the founder of the IPOB because of the instrumentality of the Radio Biafra.

“The Supreme Council of the In­digenous People of Biafra expressed displeasure in the language he used in his broadcast and the programme he was presenting. So, calling him the leader of the IPOB is a wrong crown on a wrong head. He has a lot of people who follow him, who demonstrate when he wants them to demonstrate, or sympathise with his plight.”

Regarding Kanu’s release from detention, he said: “We are talking about his release but we are not saying if he has committed any offence, the law will not take its course. In any case, we the elders are saying let Kanu be released to us. We can caution him thereafter. We want him released to us and as elders, we will sit him down and direct him properly. We cannot achieve self-determination through calling for war and violence of any kind or any method that can lead to spilling of blood. No. That should be avoided entirely.”

Ikedife, also spoke strongly against the menace of the dreaded Fulani cattle herdsmen, saying it was danger waiting to explode.

Hear him: “At the National Confer­ence held in 2014, it was clearly stated and unanimously agreed that time for nomadic cattle rearing is over. It was agreed that cattle owners should establish ranches where their cattle will be taken care of rather than traveling around with the cattle and attacking natives at the slightest or no provocation, or destroying agricultural crops as they move around.

“Talking about grazing rights, there are other countries that rear cattle, such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Belgium and even Britain, a relatively small island of the United Kingdom. But they don’t leave them to roam the streets and the farm lands, destroying people’s crops or the herdsmen carrying dangerous weapons, sophisticated artillery with which they attack whoever stands on their way that is resisting their cows from eating your crops. That is entirely not acceptable. It is primitive.”


Source Sunday Sun

Posted on April, 17 2016

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