Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, the esteemed traditional ruler of Enugwu-Aguleri in Anambra East Council Area, has sought to clear any misconceptions surrounding the security situation in the South East, distancing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), from the ongoing insecurity.
Speaking at his palace in Aguleri upon his return from a meeting with Mazi Kanu in Abuja, Eze Eri emphasized that he was approached by Mazi Kanu’s legal representative, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejimofor, to serve as “Aka Ji Ofor Igbo” and extend a message of reassurance to fellow Igbo individuals. The purpose was to communicate that Mazi Kanu is not associated with the Monday Sit-at-home actions and the various security challenges in the South East, which include incidents of violence, kidnappings, robberies, and disturbances.
Quoting Mazi Kanu, Eze Eri conveyed that the IPOB leader expressed his sorrow over the impact of the Monday Sit-at-home directive on the people of the region, especially the hindrance it poses to education and economic activities. Mazi Kanu’s intention for advocating for the emancipation and empowerment of the Biafran community, Eze Eri clarified, is not meant to subject them to economic hardship.
Eze Eri further highlighted that Mazi Kanu’s absence had been exploited by some criminal elements who engaged in unlawful activities under the guise of agitation. Eze Eri urged the Igbo community to refrain from observing the Monday Sit-at-home directive, emphasizing the importance of unity and love among the people. He sternly warned those who continue to enforce the directive to reconsider their actions, cautioning that the Igbo community would not tolerate such disruptions any longer.
Joining in support of Eze Eri’s statements, other respected traditional rulers, including Igwe Johnson Mbanefo of Mkpunando and Igwe Emmanuel Ejiofor of Enugwu-Otu Aguleri, lamented the loss of lives resulting from the criminal actions of individuals who falsely claim to be advocates for freedom, tarnishing the image of the indigenous people of Biafra.
In a united voice, the traditional leaders reiterated their plea to the federal government for the release of Mazi Kanu from custody, underscoring the need for a resolution that promotes peace and harmony within the South East region.