The struggle for a referendum leading to a secession by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other Biafra agitators has been described by the Presidency and the Anambra Peoples Assembly, (APA) as a wasted effort.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, restructuring would not solve the myriad of problems confronting the nation. In an interview with The Sun, the Presidential aide stressed that the demand for a referendum with regards to Biafra is a constitutional impossibility.
Obono-Obla pointed out that “It is a legal and political impossibility’ as there is no provision in the constitution of the country or any other law that provides for a part of the country to break away.
“It is a nonsensical demand. Biafra ended on January 15, 1970. I think the agitators are just expressing their rights to freedom of expression,” the Presidential aide said.
The presidential aide maintained that the Biafra agitators are just wasting their time on the call for a referendum given that international law does not take precedence over the Nigerian constitution. “If you want to ratify any treaty or international convention, the National Assembly has to approve it,” he said.
“You cannot begin to use international law to deal with municipal, local and national issues.
“Let them stop wasting their time. There is nothing like that. The agitators are just wasting their time and that is why I am saying that they are just expressing their right to the freedom of expression,” Obono-Obla said.
Similarly, indigenes of Anambra State, under the aegis of the Anambra Peoples Assembly, (APA) has denounced Nnamdi Kanu, and his struggle for secession.
Insisting that Anambra people will participate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, the group warned Biafra agitators to maintain a distance from the state.
In a statement signed by its coordinator, Mazi Nnamdi Okorafor, the group noted that the people of Anambra State were law-abiding and will not be dragged along by any individual or group of persons. The statement reads;
“I will assume that there are no men in Igbo land if we allow a small boy to drag all of us into war against Nigeria through hate speeches.
“Nnamdi Kanu is making a fool of himself, very soon his paymasters will distance themselves from him. He and his illiterate minions will be dancing alone in the market square unclad. Being Igbo does not mean you are an IPOB member, neither does being an IPOB leader make you the leader of the Igbos.
“Let the truth be told. But with due respect to the right thinking and illustrious sons and daughters of Abia State. Let me ask these questions; when did an Abia man become wiser than the Anambra man to warrant a confusionist like Nnamdi Kanu to order Anambra people not to vote while his Abia governor is still on seat?
“Why would the good, wise and hard-working Anambra sons and daughters listen to a man who kept his wife and kids in London but come here to suggest what is capable of destroying the lives of young Anambra youths. Anambra people should not allow anybody to toy with their future and destiny.
“We agree that self-determination is the right of every person or group in Nigeria, that being said. We hereby declare that Anambra state has distanced itself from the Biafra struggle. All Biafra activists and agitators are warned to leave Anambra and return to their various states of origin.
“We are too big to be dragged along by any person or group of persons. Anambra state indigenes and lawful residents will register and participate fully in the forthcoming governorship elections in November 2017”.