South East Governors have issued a stern warning to the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, over his threats to attack them and other Igbo leaders abroad.
In a statement on Tuesday night, the governors said should Kanu make his threat real, they would, by all means, repatriate him to Nigeria to face the wrath of the people.
The statement was signed by its chairman and Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi.
Kanu’s IPOB assaulted Senator Ike Ekweremmadu at the weekend in Nuremberg Germany.
The former deputy senate president was invited as Keynote Speaker and special guest of honour at the occasion of the annual new Yam Festival and convention of Ndigbo in the European country.
Few minutes after the attack, IPOB claimed responsibility in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful.
This was also followed by a broadcast by Kanu, through the group’s rogue Radio station, Radio Biafra, where he also corroborated the earlier statement and maintained that the Southeast Governors and other Igbo politicians must receive Ekweremmadu’s treatment any time they are seen in public abroad.
Condemnation of attack
The attack on Ekweremadu by IPOB has been condemned by many Nigerians and governors of states in the South-East described it shameful.
According to the Governors, they have noted the threats by Kanu, whom they said was fighting for his interest but pretending to be fighting for Ndigbo, and would soonest expose him.
The statement read: “South-East Governors are saddened with the ugly display and dance of shame by IPOB in Germany in attacking one of the finest leaders of Ndigbo, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu. We totally condemn it as we weep for them as they never knew the implication of their naked dance in public.
“We have also noted the empty threats by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu (a former ordinary Member of MASSOB) to attack Governors of South-East, Ohanaeze leadership and other Igbo politicians for not supporting the self-acclaimed supreme leader in his self-fight for the raw power and wealth while pretending to be fighting for Ndigbo.
“We wish to warn that should any Southeast person be attacked anywhere in the world, we shall, by all means, bring back Kanu to Nigeria to face the wrath of our people. It is madness for anyone who wants raw power with no experience to think that we Governors will support the killing of our people giving out our scarce land to herdsmen.
“If Kanu is serious, let him direct IPOB to fight those foreign killer herdsmen in their countries of origin since he claims the IPOB is in over 100 countries in the world.
“If Kanu who was previously in MASSOB but needed power and money wants Biafra and he is the self-acclaimed supreme leader, let him come back home with his army and guns to lead us to battle for the empire he desire to lead other than cheap talks. Soonest Ndigbo will know him better.
The Governors, however, assured the people of the region that they would continue to protect them against killer herdsmen and other insecurity; and won’t be distracted by cheap talks.
“We assure our people that we are doing so much to protect them against killer herdsmen and other insecurity problems. We have also brought kidnapping and cultism in the Southeast to near zero level.
“We are highly committed to the security and well-being of our people and will never be distracted by cheap talks.”