By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
The socio-political organization Pan-Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Conference of Igbo Professionals around the World (COIPOW), has launched intense campaigns, rallies and lobbying to ensure that the Southeast produces a president in 2023.
The group collapsed the formation of security equipment by Biafra Indigenous Leaders (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, saying the move would thwart the plan as most leaders would see it in a bad light and withdraw their support.
In a statement Wednesday by COIPOW national president prof. Patrick Kalu and National Secretary Uche Mbake, the security network was described as illegal and appealed to people not to take it seriously.
The statement reads: “We thank the key leaders of Igbo who attended our emergency meeting in Awka, Anambra State, where we discussed and agreed to advocate for President Igbo in 2023.
“This is a safe path, not the way Kanu wants it. Canoe’s approach to weapons is certainly not the way out and must be told so.
“People from Igbo deserve the presidency this time. They have everything it takes to produce the next president, and that is what we should be pushing for one strong voice in unity and sincerity of purpose for now.
“We cannot be demanding of the president on the one hand and support the IPOB on the other. No one will take us seriously unless we take urgent steps to set a record right by condemning IPOB, its sponsors and founders.
“On that premise, we condemn Nnamdi for forming the ‘Eastern Security Network (ESN)’ in some parts of the region. It is not best to form this militia group when we should be considered peaceful and respectful of the law. Let it be known that IPOB and ESN do not have our blessings and will never have them.
“We call on the governors of the states of Southeast and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to condemn and stop this crime which could have serious consequences for the state of Igbo if nothing is done.”