ENUGU – Leader of the Indigenous People of
Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu has described what he
called the continued treatment of easterners like
slaves by the Federal Government as “horrendous
injustice,” saying that “we have since gotten to a
point where we can no longer tolerate the position
of eternal slavery,” in the country.
Leader of IPOB, Kanu Nnamdi with his members
at Federal High Court Abuja.
Kanu made this known in a letter of
commendation to the Eastern Consultative
Assembly, ECA, for appointing him leader of the
Assembly in Enugu Tuesday.
The ECA had announced a new leadership
structure with detained the IPOB leader as its
head. Kanu in his letter written from Kuje Prisons
accepted to play the new role and pledged not to
let the people down.
However, the ECA also named Mrs Marie Okwo as
its deputy leader and Matron while Evangelist
Elliot Ugochukwu- Uko was made the secretary
with Rev Fr. John Odey as the Publicity Secretary;
Dede Uzor A Uzor – Assistant Publicity Secretary
just as the former Vice President, Dr Alex
Ekwueme, erudite Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN,
and the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Dr Anthony
Obinna became the patrons.
Kanu’s letter of acceptance/appreciation read,
“With the greatest humility, I accept this clear
demonstration of confidence you have reposed in
me and wish to thank the entire membership and
leadership of ECA for their doggedness in building
a wonderful coalition dedicated to the defence of
truth at a time when most are too terrified to stand
up and be counted.
“I am honoured by this election; I hope all the
affiliate groups in this coalition will soon join
hands with us in our peaceful and non -violent
pursuit of a referendum that will allow the people
decide their future.
“The horrendous injustice visited on us daily by
our oppressors have since gotten to a point where
we can no longer tolerate the position of eternal
slavery, which they carefully crafted for us and
have ruthlessly executed over the years. Our
children today and generations to come do not
have a future.
“Our youths are despondent, our once truthful and
outspoken elders frightened and silenced, our
politicians compromised, our leaders bought over.
Our present status as race and a people is one of
utter hopelessness and servitude. Our only hope
for the future lies in a peaceful plebiscite that will
settle once and for all time the burning issues that
confront us today. I commend the ECA and
strongly believe that I will not let you down. Once
again, I say thank you for this great honour.”
However, in a communique issued after the
meeting, the ECA stated that false and bogus
census figures which give the north superior
majority over the south was one of the major
reasons for agitations for the revalidation of the
The communique which was jointly signed by Mrs
Marie Okwo and Rev Fr John Odey attacked two
northern leaders, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai and Alhaji
Bashir Dalhatu over their recent comments on
restructuring and Biafran agitation.
The communique read in part, “The 6th plenary
session of the ECA held today at the residence of
Chief (Mrs.) Maria Okwor in Independence Layout