Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has posited that the agitation activities of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, calling for the independence of the Igbo nation is damaging the chances of an Igbo person emerging as president in the 2023 election.
Deputy President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dimm Uche Okwukwu intimated that Nnamdi Kanu’s sit-at-home order and telling his IPOB members to not vote in the elections is really hurting the opportunity for the southeast to get a presidential candidate.
Okwukwu urged Nnamdi Kanu to lighten his tough stance on the marginalization of the south east as he explained that his political ideals do not augur well for the Igbos.
He said, “Marginalisation has a way of producing results and you will agree with me that majority of the people are poor and marginalised.
“When you tell them what they want to hear, these poor marginalized people will follow you; but Nnamdi Kanu is not getting it right because he has subscribed to violence as a way and has not limited it to Igbo leaders.
“He has attacked Asiwaju in Lagos, Ekweremadu, Rotimi Amaechi; he has threatened to kill Igbo leaders and governors so he not only attacking outsiders; he is also attacking his Igbo brothers and sisters.
“The point I’m making is that we must consciously take Nnamdi Kanu and put him where he belongs. He is not an Igbo leader and cannot speak for Ndigbo.
“Igbos don’t subscribe to violence, anarchy, or destruction of lives and properties; this is my argument. Igbos are willing to live in harmony with other tribes in Nigeria.
“Igbos are saying 50 years after the war, allow an Igbo man to occupy the Presidency. Jonathan ruled for six years and Nigeria did not disappear; Yorubas have been in power, the North has ruled, now allow the Igbo. If you give them the presidency will they have any other argument tomorrow? Will they say Nigeria is marginalizing them? The answer is no because people will ask they were in the presidency for eight years what did they do with it.
“Kanu’s agitation will certainly to a large extent affect our chances. Nnamdi Kanu’s agitations, pronouncements, actions, omissions and commissions affect us in one way or the other.
“He is preventing voters’ registration in Igbo land, he is asking supporters to destroy their PVC. So, apart from the fact that Nigeria needs us to some extent, they mirror us through Nnamdi Kanu’s actions.