The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi
Nnamdi Kanu has declared that the anger of his god will
descend on the people of Anambra if they went ahead to
participate in the November 18 gubernatorial election in the
Kanu made the controversial proclamation when he ad
dressed his supporters at Nri, the ancestral home of
Igboland, in Anocha Local Government Area of Anambra
State, on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, heads of security agencies in Anambra have
urged citizens of the state to ignore the threats by IPOB as
they have no powers to stop the conduct of the election.
They insist that they are ready to police the state and
ensure that the electoral process was not disrupted.
The tough-talking IPOB boss, who sneaked into the ances
tral town with his wife,
Uchechi Kanu insists that Anambra governorship election
will not hold unless the acting President, Professor Yemi
Osinbajo declares the date for the referendum.
According to the Abia-born activist, the only way Biafra in
dependence can be actualised is for Igbos to boycott all
elections conducted by the Nigerian government in the
South East geopolitical zone (Biafraland). He insists that
anybody that defies the boycott order issued by IPOB
leadership in Anambra and other states in the region will
have himself to blame.
“Anybody that stands in the way of Biafra will be
destroyed. I have not made any pronouncement that did
not come to pass. I am saying that there will be no
election in Anambra State on November 18.
“Nobody can stop IPOB. Biafraland is grossly marginalised;
we have no good road, no electricity, no source of water
and so on. I am sure that Buhari will not come back again
and if anybody said there will be no Biafra, what
happened to Buhari will happen to the person,” he warned.
Kanu had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Nri king
maker, Chief Shedrack Mbanefo (Adama Nri) who prayed
for him and assured him of Igbo support for the struggle
for the actualisation of Biafra.
“Kanu’s visit to the ancestral home of Adama Nri is a
mystery and spiritual and this is an indication that Biafran
sovereignty will be achieved. May God continue to bless
him and his family as he champions the Biafran course,”
Kanu, accompanied by Adama Nri and other elders of Nri
community later trekked to Nri garden of Eden, regarded
as evil forest, where he engaged in a brief prayer session
and sought the blessing of the gods for the Biafran
While Kanu was at Nri, urging Anambra citizens to shun
the November poll, the state security chiefs in Awka
issued a stern warning to the group and other trouble
makers to desist from acts capable of jeopardizing the
success of the poll.
A joint security task force meeting which involved the Ni
gerian Army, Navy, Police and the National Security and
Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the National Drug
Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) insists that the crucial
governorship election would take place as planned.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the security
chiefs urged members of the public, especially residents
of Anambra to disregard the pronouncements by the IPOB
leader and his cohorts, and go about their lawful
Anambra Police Commissioner, Garba Baba Umar, who
spoke on behalf of the security chiefs, assured of their
readiness to protect lives and properties of citizens as
well as ensure that the election was conducted in a
peaceful, free and fair manner.
According to him, security agencies are putting in place
measures that would forestall unlawful breakdown of
peace and order in the state and nip in the bud any
attempt by some misguided elements to disrupt the poll in
line with IPOB’s boycott agenda.
Umar adds: “This is unacceptable and would not be
tolerated in the state as the command and other security
agencies respect the rights of individuals to freedom of
expression and peaceful assembly”.