Igbo Quit Notice: APGA Writes IPOB, Warns Nnamdi Kanu; Ongoing Agitations In Nigeria Are As A Result Of Rot In The Nigerian State – Sultan of Sokoto . . .
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Awka, Anambra State, slammed the director of the ‘pirate’ Radio Biafra and also the leader of the separatist pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, over his call on Anambra people to boycott and shun the forthcoming gubernatorial poll in Anambra state. In a letter to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, signed by the APGA National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ifeatu Obiokoye, in Awka on Monday, APGA said the call was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus. You are not an “Igbo Emperor”, APGA warned! Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said yesterday that the ongoing agitations in the country are as a result of the rot in the Nigerian state. Speaking when the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, paid him a Sallah homage in his palace in Sokoto, the Sultan stressed the need for dialogue among sections of the country to resolve all the misunderstandings and lingering problems facing the [beleaguered] country.
In a letter to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, signed by the APGA National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ifeatu Obiokoye, in Awka on Monday, APGA said the call was irresponsible and devoid of intellectual focus, and that Kanu had no authority to speak for the Igbos. In a letter to Nnamdi Kanu, APGA said, inter alia:
“Nnamdi Kanu’s call for a boycott of elections in the South-East, beginning with the governorship polls scheduled for November 18, 2017 in Anambra is irresponsible, irredentist and totally devoid of any focus.
You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favourable comments among our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state.
While youths of the East are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa youths are equally restive; the same goes for Níger Delta youths and youths from Oduduwa states. In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement or a terrorist gang as it were.
We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement as a certain way to peaceful co-existence among ethnic nationalities and for dousing tension.”
APGA urged Mazi Kanu not to be carried away by the success of the May 30 sit-at-home call, which was attributable to many reasons, including fear. It demanded a re-visit and implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference, which arguably addressed the parameters for the restructuring of the nation.
The party reminded Mazi Kanu that the right to vote and be voted for was a universally declared right under the United Nations Charter of People’s and Citizenship Right, and in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
APGA advised the IPOB leader to drop his “emperor” perception of himself “and humble yourself to the true leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle.”
APGA Open Letter To Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
“I must let you know that while we all acknowledge your leadership of IPOB, you certainly do not speak for Ndigbo of the south-east extraction. You must appreciate that for different logical reasons and perception, the Biafra concept has attracted favorable comments amongst our people, ostensibly borne out of the marginalisation of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state. In this popular agitation for Biafra, Ndigbo have not instituted a separatist movement, nor a terrorist gang as it were.
We are more concerned about the continued existence of Nigeria under the present structural arrangement. Logically, we have continued to demand for a constitutional conference to determine how this country can be restructured, so that every segment of the geographical expression called Nigeria can continue to co-exist (if necessary) upon agreed principles and basis.
We have consequently demanded for a re-visiting and implementation of the reports of the 2014 constitutional conference, Which arguably has addressed the parameters for the restructuring of the nation.
You would ostensibly notice that as the Youths of the East are agitating for Biafra, the Arewa Youths are equally restive, the same goes for Níger – Delta Youths and Youths from Oduduwa states.
To my mind, a resolution of these seemingly conflicting Challenges, rests with the development of our democracy and the application of a workable structural process of national consultation, negotiation and agreements.
These challenges are borne out of the fact that today we do not have a country that we can collectively call our nation and home for all, irrespective of tribe and tongue . You must understand therefore, that the right to vote and be voted for is a Universally declared Right under the United Nations Charter of People’s and Citizenship Rights. More so ,under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended).
The powers of INEC therefore, to conduct general elections in any part of the country are constitutionally sacrosanct .
Í believe in the same vein you submitted to the Jurisdiction of the federal High Court of Nigeria upon your arraignment there .Needless to say that,that court ,is a COURT of the federal Republic of Nigeria whose Jurisdiction is vested by the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
May í remind you that the success of the sit at home directive of 30th May was borne out of respect for the dead during the last civil war. Besides, the typical Nigerian loves public holiday and would quickly embrace one whenever declared.
Mind you that the traders who closed their shops and market places, was more out of apprehension for reprisal action from rampaging youths in the streets, than out of any genuine commitment or solidarity as it were.
The agitation for Biafra must therefore be taken to the next level in accordance with International Law, norms and practices which would engage intellectualism and embrace contributions from the cream of the leadership and intelligentsia of Ndigbo.
Í advise you drop this vein sense of emperorism and humble yourself to the true the leadership of Ndigbo for a proper and better articulation of the Biafra struggle.
Once more, be reminded that the powers of INEC to conduct elections, albeit in the south-east, is vested and guaranteed under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which cannot be threatened or undermined under any pretence.”
– Barrister Ifeatu Obiokoye, National Publicity Secretary APGA