- A southeast group has blamed Nnamdi Kanu for the recent clash between the IPOB and the army
- The South East Renewal Group (SERG) blamed Kanu for instigating violence by preaching against
- The group warned that Kanu would desert his followers and flee to UK when things go terribly wrong
The South East Renewal Group (SERG) has blamed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for the recent altercation between the Nigeria army and Kanu's followers.
Recall that NAIJ.com reported that there was a clash between IPOB members and the Nigerian army at Kanu's house on Sunday, September 10.
The SERG, in a statement exclusively sent to NAIJ.com, claimed that the violent clash is as a result of Kanu's constant hate speech and preaching to his followers.
They group said that the IPOB leader has brainwashed his followers to start seeing the Nigerian army as enemies rather than protectors.
Charles Mbani, the national president of the group said: “You must have, like other Nigerians, watched recent events in Igboland with a sense of foreboding, concern and utmost dread. Images emerging from the southeast, our homeland, are as troubling as they are worrisome with the most recent being those of youths attacking military detachment with all manners of crude weapons including catapults, cudgels, machetes, sticks and others.
“These youths are being put up to this mischief after being brainwashed by the so called Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, which is now militarizing them as its fighting force. These misguided youths have been deceived into thinking they are making the right sacrifice of protecting Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader whereas the only thing they sacrificing is their lives that they are throwing away on the alter of ignorance.
“The soldiers attacked by these uncouth elements are the ones taking part in Egwu Eke II (Operation Python Dance II), which we find most ridiculous considering that the same operation last year ensured that kidnappers and armed robbers that were desecrating our land were curtailed to a point where Igbos enjoyed peaceful 2016 Yuletide. We are therefore wondering if there is a nexus between IPOB and the crimes being eradicated by the military for its youths to become virulent on the scale being witnessed.
“We urge other well meaning elders of our land to join in condemning the incidents. The unnecessary attempt to provoke the military into using stick to address the Biafra issue would be catastrophic and those who love the region should do so well to warn their children from setting region ablaze."
He called on Igbo leaders to speak up and put an end to the confrontation between IPOb members and the Nigerian army before it will degenerate into a war.
He said: “May we emphasise that Igbo leaders of thought must tarry no further in doing the needful before it’s too late. The conspiracy of silence on the part of these leaders is what has made Nnamdi Kanu fill the resulting vacuum as a demagogic evil that is leading out youth population astray. This disposition of indifference was displayed as the hate speech championed by Kanu gained momentum until it got to a point where other ethnic groups in Nigeria basically developed a morbid collective disdain for the Igbo.
“The hate speech has now crystalized and is the bedrock of the aggression being exhibited against the military. It nothing urgent is done the next phase in this ugly evolution could threaten our existence as a people.
“We have interrogated the situation and discovered that the IPOB youths have been brainwashed into seeing the army as the enemy, which is most unfortunate since the person whom they think they are defending is their real enemy. Nnamdi Kanu holds dual citizenship and will escape to the United Kingdom once he has the opportunity to flee across the border. He is going to leave behind broken bodies and damaged youths that would have destroyed their lives in pursuit of what is meaningless relative to contemporary world reality.
“Interestingly, Jonathan has moved up but these loser remained locked in the past and think their only access to redemption is to send our youths on suic*de mission. We counsel such persons to desist forthwith for the Igbo nation is larger than the mess of pottage that they are bitter over.
“We have also noted the role of shameless politicians in Igboland that see the madness being advocated by Nnamdi Kanu as something to be milked for political capital. We have in the recent days seen such politicians rushing to tacitly endorse violence as the answer when other ethnic nationalities are pushing for restructuring. If violence is activated as being advocated the forget that our land would burn while other parts of the country continue with their life."
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Meanwhile, a former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned Tuesday, September 12, military siege at the residence of Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com, Fani-Kayode said the "behaviour of the military against a 'defenceless and unarmed civilian population in Abia state is reprehensible."
Fani-Kayode describing the action by the military as primitive said Kanu and the people of the south-east has done nothing wrong to deserve such treatment.
You can watch this NAIJ.com TV video below of Kanu's lawyer talking about the military invasion of his house: