The World Igbo Union (WIU) has taken a swipe at the Chairman of World Igbo Congress, (WIC) Professor Anthony Ejiofor, for not speaking up against the killings in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country.
The leader of the organisation Mazi Ogechukwu Nkere stated this in a statement released to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday .
Nkere however, expressed appreciation for Ejiofor’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of the plight of Ndi Igbo in Nigeria, though “he was a bit twisted on the solutions he is advocating to our issues in Nigeria.”
He said Ejiofor’s claim that the sole objective of World Igbo Council (W.I.C) was the safety of Igbo lives and properties but remained silent on majority of the killings and banditry perpetuated by Fulani terrorist in Igbo Land.
According to him, “It then does not need an empirical research to claim that he and the organisation does not represent the global interest of Ndi Igbos.
“He intellectually expounded on the security architecture of the Igbo land and was right on the claim that the Nigerian Army have been infiltrated by Fulani herdsmen, repentant Boko Haram, Iswab and other terrorist units.
“He was also right in his claim that these terrorists have infiltrated Southeast Nigeria forests kidnaping, Killing and butchering innocent citizens.
“These terrorists also burn churches, homes, markets and business with the their motive to overrun the Igbo land with Islamic agenda.
“Ejiofor addressed the inadequacy of Ebube Agu whom he called thugs to political gladiators who does not have the interest of Igbos and cleverly demonstrated his understanding of the historic sufferings, marginalisation, subjugation and alienation of the Igbo Race politically and economically by the Fulani Nigerian Government (Rudolf played clips by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Ikemba Odimagwu Ojukwu to help)
“Against this background, to jump onto Rudolf Okonkwo’s programme to validate the continuity of the undisputed maltreatment of the Igbo Race, by advocating against no election in Biafra Land is misleading the Igbo Race you claim to lead.
“On the same programme Prof Ejiofor highlighted his concern over the few days sit at home.
“The fact that no one heard his cry over many months that our people sat at home during Covid 19 period without government assistance makes his concern a political gimmick rather than a genuine concern for the wellbeing of our people.
“On this same issue of sit at home the World Igbo Union wish to remind everyone that, Biafrans are willingly sitting at home in protest of the continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the long suffering of the Igbo Race in Nigeria ; this have nothing to do with Mazi Simon Ekpa.
“It may disappoint you sir that in the absence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, “Mazi Simon Ekpa is the next globally accepted Igbo Leader, Mazi Simon Ekpa commands the support and loyalty of majority of Igbos more than any acclaimed Igbo leader and the World Igbo Union will insist you stop your negative activities against Mazi Ekpa from henceforth.
“The World Igbo Union have taken keen interest and detailed note of your threats against Mazi Simon Ekpa (The Biafran Spokes Man) which is not taken lightly and should anything happen to him Professor Anthony Ejiofor the W.I.U and entire Southeast Nigeria and Biafra will hold you and your likes responsible.
“Since the unlawful rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya by the Fulani terrorist government of Nigerua, Professor Ejiofor and his acclaimed Organization have not been vocal about this illegal Kidnapping, disregard to the rule of law and court orders, inhumane treatment in DSS detention, and his worsening health condition.
“You claimed to have regular legal briefings on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case but the general Igbo public is yet to hear or read from you loudly on this matter.
“Your talk about Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Igbo issues in such strong terms at this election period makes your motives politically suspicious to World Igbo Union.
“You noted that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has won all the legal case against him and now illegally held in detention by the president. Knowing all these facts and advocating for 2023 election presents a case of intellectual mismatch or wilful deceit.
“One of your panels advised you to take on Mazi Simon Ekpa’s challenge of releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention as a barter for holding elections in Biafra Land in 2023, the World Igbo Union is looking forward to you taking up this challenge as a demonstration that truly you have the interest of Igbo people at heart.
“The World Igbo Union wish to alert you and your likes that in the absence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, South-easterners and Biafrans believe that Mazi Simon Ekpa is the last man standing to lead them through the bridge of their destination and we warn you not to stand in the way of this moving train.
“It is the opinion and view of the World Igbo Union that it was more interesting listening to Biafra Information Minister of the African Union Chanel than listening to your disguised politically engineered campaign.
“This is so because in your interview with Rudolf Okonkwo you sounded and came across more like Peter Obi’s campaign Manager than an Igbo leader, “