War of words as Ohanaeze, IPOB rift deepens
* Your sins ‘re unpardonable – IPOB
. No wise child insults father in public – Ohanaeze
By Steve Oko
The lingering face-off between the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday worsened with the pro-Biafra group accusing Ohanaeze leadership of sabotaging Igbo interest which it pretends to be protecting.
According to IPOB, Ohanaeze has rather made itself the problem of the Igbo race instead of solution to the myraid of challenges bedevilling the tribe.
IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, accused Ohanaeze and the South East Governors of engineering last year’s military invasion of the home of its Leader Nnamdi Kanu.
According to IPOB, the sins of Ohanaeze are innumerable and unpardonable.
The statement read in part :”Some of the sins of Ohanaeze Ndigbo are too numerous, heinous and abominable to place in the public domain.
“But for our purposes, we shall present a historic and contemporary overview of a string of mind blowing blunders and outstanding treachery by Ohaneze Ndigbo over the years, for the world to see and judge accordingly.
“That IPOB was perversely tagged a terrorist group in the eyes of the laws of Nigeria, when Fulani terrorist herdsmen are free to roam and kill at will, is the exclusive making of Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors.
“Not many people are aware that Nnia Nwodo and Gov. Dave Umahi personally pleaded with Fulani caliphate to invade the East because Nnamdi Kanu refused to call off the boycott of Anambra governorship election in November 2017.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East Governors consider IPOB a threat to their livelihood and were determined to accept countless cold blooded executions of innocent IPOB members in order to prove to their Fulani masters they are good Nigerians.”
But Ohanaeze, in a swift response, cautioned IPOB against making derogatory remarks against Igbo elders .
The Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chuks Ibegbu faulted IPOB for its purported proscription of Ohanaeze saying it lacked such powers.
“The purported proscription of Ohanaeze Ndigbo by IPOB is laughable and a comic relief.
“It’s like somebody saying he has proscribed Ndigbo. IPOB and pro Biafran agitators are our children.
“A father and his child can differ in their approach to issues but that cannot and should not make the son to insult his father in the market place”, Ohanaeze said.
IPOB statement had further read : “The betrayal of Nnamdi Kanu and his family by Ohaneze Ndigbo is a well established pattern by this group of saboteurs, to kill any popularly accepted leader dedicated to setting the masses free.
“The interest of Ohanaeze Ndigbo lies in destroying any body or group that dares challenge the hegemony of their masters the Fulani caliphate. Nnamdi Kanu refused every mouth-watering offer to abandon Biafra agitation.
“He refused to succumb to their blackmail at Enugu Government House meeting with South East governors. When Nnamdi Kanu refused to accept money, oil wells and choice properties around the world in exchange for Biafra, he was marked for death.
“They couldn’t destroy Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB on their own because they know he is too popular with the masses and they South East governors alongside Ohaneze Ndigbo lack the clout to move against him. Instead they turned to their caliphate masters to send in their battle group of the Nigerian Army to kill him in his home.
“IPOB Intelligence intercepted correspondence between Nnia Nwodo and Commander of 82 Army Division Enugu pleading with him to launch a military attack against Nnamdi Kanu’s compound.
“Conversations between Gov. Dave Umahi and Lawal Daura the former SSS (DSS) Director General also confirm that all South East governors were in support of the assassination of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“In Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s press statements in the aftermath of the deadly invasion of Isiama Afaraukwu and massacre of IPOB family members, it will be observed that he justified the killing of Nnamdi Kanu by repeatedly saying that what happened to Kanu and his parents prevented the death of millions of Igbo people living in the north. He also alluded to this in his BBC Igbo interview on the matter.
” Some older people will remember the antics of prominent Ohaneze Ndigbo chieftains like one Chief MN Ugochukwu of Ugo Foam & Ugo Motors fame, the Abilikete of Umunze in Orumba. He held series of Ohaneze Ndigbo meetings on behalf of Arewa caliphate to dutifully subvert Igbo collective interest.
“How about Eze Onuegwu Nwoke from Owerri, who will board Arthur Eze’s Triax Airline to see Abacha in Abuja to literally bow down before him as their god. The act of mortgaging Igbo interest at the altar of self advancement is as old as Ohaneze Ndigbo, it didn’t start today.
“This same Ohaneze Ndigbo saw to it that Ojukwu was not elected to the constituent assembly because of their hatred for Biafra. They did not want the issue of Biafra or self determination to be raised.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo sabotaged Dr. Chuba Okadigbo out of senate presidency. Anybody in doubt should ask Chief Joe Nwaorgu, the immediate past secretary of Ohanaeze.”
The statement claimed Ohanaeze and the South East Governors were privy to, and supported Operation Python Dance 1 during which scores of Biafra agitators were killed.
“All the extra judicial killings of unarmed IPOB agitators by the Fulani dominated Nigerian Army was aided and abated by Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors. Operation Python Dance is the brain child of Ohaneze Ndigbo and South East governors because of their selfish desire to destroy IPOB to please their northern masters.
“Historic crimes and injustices against Igbo speaking people of Biafra were never addressed by Ohaneze Ndigbo. For instance in 1939 some Anioma communities in present day Delta and Edo states were carved out of the core Igbo heartland despite protests from Anioma kings then to the British colonial authorities. Ohaneze has done nothing ever since.
“Parts of Ezza community of present Ebonyi state was carved into Benue State and instead of Dave Umahi and Ohaneze Ndigbo to fight for the reintegration of these people into the wider Igbo speaking community, they chose instead to preside over an ever shrinking Igbo land mass because they lack the courage, unlike Nnamdi Kanu, to confront the caliphate on these issues.
“In 1976, oil rich Obigbo LGA in Aba division of old Imo state was ceded to Rivers state. Obigbo is Ndoki clan and has over 50 oil wells, they are pure Igbo people separated from their Azummili kins by the Imo river. Ohaneze did nothing to reverse this or fully integrate the people into the wider Igbo family.
“Another impotence of Ohaneze Ndigbo can be found in yet another caliphate gerrymandering when Ohugbu, an oil rich Ndoki community was ceded to Akwa Ibom state. Ohugbu is one of the highest onshore gas and oil producing areas.
“Egbema community a core Igbo community was balkanized into three towns with the highest oil producing town ceded to River State from old Imo State. Today we have the same Egbema people in Delta, Rivers and Imo, all answering Igbo names and speaking Igbo language but some are South South/Niger Delta whereas the other is South East/Igbo. What an abomination!
“Ndoni was carved out of Ahoda and given to Rivers state. Ndoni and Ogbaru are same people. Ogbaru is in Anambra with some of their kinsmen in Delta State. The myth that Igbo people are landlocked is the making of Ohanaeze Ndigbo under instructions from the caliphate masters.
“We know these oil producing areas of Igbo land were the highest oil producing areas pre 1966 and that Hausa/Fulani led military government balkanised and partitioned our land in order to render Igbo land insignificant in the oil producing equation of Nigeria.
“The envious Hausa/Fulani caliphate government, backed up by the ill fated British concocted Willinks Report, acted contemptuously- aided and abated by Ohaneze Ndigbo, in other to gain control of the oil fields in Igbo towns and villages. They started sharing our oil wells to themselves hence, today they have dominating control of our land and resources.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo and PANDEF may be content with picking crumbs off the Fulani table, IPOB will never demean the God given pride of the east nor condescend to such lows.
“Under the treacherous watch of successive Ohaneze Ndigbo administrations, Ala-Igbo was restricted to five landlocked states when in actual fact Igboland started in Igbanke in Edo State and ends in the Atlantic Ocean. There is nobody from Opobo Rivers State that doesn’t speak Igbo language.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo allowed Arewa caliphate propaganda to destroy the cultural affinity between Ndi-Igbo, Ibibio and Annang people of Akwa Ibom State who are blood relatives of Igbo people. Ekpe and Okonko, the two highest male fraternities in most parts of Igboland are actually Efik and Annang cultures.
“But today Cross River and Akwa Ibom is part of the lugburiously named South South with Edo State inclusive. There is no cultural, linguistic or social connection between Efiks and Bini people but we are deceived into thinking they are one people different from the Igbo.
“These are some of the unpardonable crimes of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and reason they remain proscribed. Anybody, who for monetary gains or whatever materialistic considerations, stand in defence of Ohaneze Ndigbo will go down with them. Ohaneze Ndigbo have outlived their usefulness. “
Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.
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