2023: Nnamdi Kanu being used to thwart quest for S’East presidency – Igbo group
The coalition of South-East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), an Igbo professional group, says Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is being used by desperate politicians to scuttle the region’s quest for the 2023 presidency.
CSEPNND stated this in a statement signed by its National President, Prof. Madumere Chika and National Secretary, Mazi Anayo Uchemba.
According to the statement, an unnamed politician from the South has been bankrolling Kanu because he felt threatened by the zone’s presidential bid.
The group said it was high-time South-East governors and other well-meaning sons and daughters of the zone must wholeheartedly denounce Kanu and IPOB’s activities.
It stressed that “Kanu is alone in his cessation project and has no reasonable person behind him.”
CSEPNND’s statement read, “We wish to authoritatively say that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not working for the interest of Ndigbo,rather he is being bankrolled by a certain Nigerian politician who is contesting the 2023 presidential elections from the South against the Igbos.
“We are vindicated by the findings and happenings around Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the fugitive leader of IPOB, and we call on all Ndigbo around the World to distance themselves from this Kanu and his terrorist group.
“This politician is doing this through some of his key aides to cause disaffection in Nigeria between the Igbos and other regions of our country.
“The politician, having realised that the general mood in the country now is the high sympathy Nigerians have for Igbo people in 2023 general elections, decided to employ this method to set Ndigbo up against Nigeria and we must not allow this.”
The group alleged that “Nnamdi Kanu held several meetings with these people in the month of December in France and another meeting on the 10th and 11th of January 2021.”
According to CSEPNND, “This is why we have always warned people on the character of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, that they are on self-serving mission and not an Igbo agenda.
“Kanu is working with some fifth columnists who are out to rob Ndigbo of the presidency come 2023. We must not allow this fugitive to succeed.
“We are aware that apart from the little dues IPOB extorts from members and sympathisers, his major funding comes from these desperate politicians.
“Their aim is to portray the Igbos as enemies of Nigeria who don’t deserve the presidency. The simple logic is that you can’t be fighting for the presidency of a country you do not believe in. This is the evil agenda these politicians are trying to sell to Nigerians using our own very son. We must never allow this evil plot to succeed. Kanu cannot trade the destinies of Igbos for his own personal comfort. It must be clear that Kanu does not love Ndigbo like he claims. Rather, he is our enemy.”