Finally, Nnamdi Kanu opens up on why Ekweremadu was attacked

August 20th, 2019

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has finally opened up on why the immediate -past Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu was attacked in Germany by angry IPOB members.

Kanu in a press statement released Tuesday by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said the attack was a revenge on Ekweremadu’s alleged role during the infamous 2017 Operation Python Dance 1.

IPOB Leader alleged that South East Governors in a meeting held in Enugu which was also attended by Ekweremadu and the President of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, agreed to proscribe IPOB, and instigate the Federal Government to declare the special military operation in South East.

He said the operation code-named Operation Python Dance 1, claimed over “600 Biafrans” including 28 that died in his father’s compound.

Kanu said that those who instigated the operation did not consider the lives of his innocent parents and others with him in the house before the military invasion of their compound, hence they do not deserve mercy.

He vowed that anybody involved in instigating operation python dance and the proscription of IPOB would receive similar treatment .

His words : “The unprovoked military assault on my compound by the cowardly Nigerian Army whose sole purpose was to kill me -an unarmed man, my parents and those around me despite the fact we are a peaceful movement. Those with a conscience can now understand the root cause of our anger and why we won’t stop until they all pay dearly for their sins.”

Below is a full text of the statement :

“SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE ACTIVE ROLE IKE EKWEREMADU, NNIA NWODO, DAVE UMAHI, OKEZIE IKPEAZU, ROCHAS OKOROCHA, WILLIE OBIANO & IFEANYI UGWUANYI PLAYED IN THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE ME & KILL OUR DREAM OF FREEDOM THROUGH THEIR OPERATION PYTHON DANCE [Part 1]

“These men mentioned above instigated, financed and defended a full-scale bloody military invasion of Biafraland they tagged Operation Python Dance that led to the torture and untimely death of over 600 Biafrans, 28 of which fell in my compound.

“These men sanctioned the desecration of the home of an Igbo tradition ruler by Fulani soldiers and did not care if my father HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and my mother, who were home with me during the unprovoked invasion, are killed or not. All these desperate Igbo politicians ever wanted was my death, the death of IPOB, the death of our dream of freedom for all.

“In view of the Nuremberg encounter, it has become necessary for us to refresh our memories lest it succumbs to confusion and deliberate misinformation because most people, unlike we IPOB, are in the habit of excusing intolerable evil and wickedness but we do not. Every perpetrator of evil, every purveyor of iniquity, every merchant of misery and every defender of injustice must and will be held to account. We will not relent until justice is served.

” To prove our case, this is the communique they issued in 2017 after a meeting in Enugu : Full Resolution of South-East Governors On IPOB and Operation Python Dance:

“The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, read the resolution with Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to his left and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to his right.

“The South-East Governors Forum held a meeting at Government House in Enugu over the increased tension in the region after what they mischievously termed Sunday’s clash between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

“At the end of the meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo John Nwodo, they arrived at 11 resolutions which include a ban on IPOB activities and an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw soldiers from the region.

“Below is the statement read by the Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State Dave Umahi at the end of that meeting:

“In view of the prevailing situation in the South East and its attendant consequences, the South-East governors hereby resolve as follows:

“1. All activities of IPOB are hereby proscribed. IPOB and all other aggrieved groups are to articulate their position on all national issues and submit to the committee of Governors of South East, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and National Assembly members from South-East zone through the Chairman of South-East Governors Forum.

“2. All governors of South East are expected to ensure compliance in their respective states.

“3. The South-East Governors Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and National Assembly Members do hereby reinforce their commitment to one united and indivisible Nigeria.

“4. We also reinforce our desire for the restructuring of Nigeria where all national issues will be discussed and amicably settled to achieve justice and fairness to every Nigerian.

“5. We reiterate our earlier position that the November 18, 2017, Gubernatorial election in Anambra State must hold.

“6. Accordingly, we appeal to our President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to, please, withdraw the military in the South-East Zone while the police perform their traditional role of maintaining law and order within this period.

“7. South-East governors have taken concrete steps to protect the lives and properties of non-indigenes in the South East and, of course, including the lives and properties of indigenes in the South-East as well.

“8. We are in touch with the Northern Governors Forum and they have assured us of the safety of all our people living in the North and we have also planned for exchange of visits between the governors. This is to reinforce the confidence of Nigerians in this regard.

“9. In keeping with our earlier position, we wish to assure Nigerians that full investigation is ongoing and all allegations of killings, maiming and other unlawful conduct in the South-East Zone within this period. The governors and the security agencies are in agreement that appropriate action will be taken against anyone culpable.

“10. We advise all residents of the South East to go about their normal businesses as the government of each state is committed to protecting everybody.

“11. Finally, we advise our people in the South East to, please, be law-abiding.”

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