Richard Ginika Izuora
The Conference of Igbo Youth Professionals Worldwide, has accused the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of relying on his alleged citizenship of the United Kingdom and Israel to incite “anarchy” in Nigeria.
Kanu was also accused of causing problems for Igbos living in Nigeria through his alleged persistent negative utterances.
The group has therefore called on both the UK and Israel to caution him as their citizen.
The group described Kanu as a “fugitive” who had jumped bail in Nigeria after being charged with treasonable felony, and whose group, IPOB, had been designated as a terrorist organisation by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Igbo group said its appeal to Britain and Israel followed a statement allegedly made by Kanu, asking police and military officers from Southern and Middle Belt parts of the country to resign and burn their service uniforms.
“Kanu’s call was unilateral. He was not speaking for the Igbo Nation but for himself,” the group said in a statement issued by its president-general, Barr. Maduabuchi Nwodo, on Sunday.
It said, “We are disturbed at the incessant inciting statements coming from Mr Nnamdi Kanu,who has been parading himself as leader of Indigenous People of Biafra against the Nigerian state.
“We are aware of his status as a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the Nation of Israel. Having worked and contributed effortlessly to see Nigeria at its present state,we believe that the United Kingdom and Israel would not want to see Nigeria a shattered place. It is in this regard that we are strongly appealing to them to rein in on Kanu, whose activities have been against the unity of Nigeria.
“The latest call by Mr Kanu on the police and military officers of Southern and Middle Belt extractions not only to abandon their duty post but to also resign and burn their service uniforms must be ignored. We wish to inform them that Kanu is alone in his cessation project and has nobody behind him.”