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Civil war:Igbo leaders take on Ojukwu

By Chioma GABRIEL
The former President-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Ikedife, Honourable Chidi Duru of House of Representatives and Dr Okey Umeano of All Progressive Grand Alliance  have  reacted to the news report that quoted  Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Emeka Ojukwu to have warned against the outbreak of another civil war should Anambra Governor, Peter Obi be excluded from contesting 2010 guber election.

Dr. Dozie Ikedife told Saturday Vanguard that he did not believe Ojukwu said that and must have been  qouted out of context.

“ Ojukwu did not say that. I don’t believe he said that. He is being accused of saying what he did not say. He only warned that the situation in Anambra state should not be allowed to deteriorate to a situation of chaos that could lead to war because he ,Ikemba, would not want another civil war.

It was just a warning so that people should be careful over how they handle very sensitive issues pertaining to Anambra election. Ojukwu is a respectful leader but the mere fact that he mentioned war was misinterpreted and misconstrued to mean something else and that has been attracting adverse comments. Nobody is going to war! We have seen enough war in the past and won’t fight another one. And Ikemba never said there would be war.

“ I don’t know how the rumour of the  probability that the appeal court would rule in favour of somebody against a case already decided by the Supreme court came about but my position is that we should wait for the court to deliver judgement on the matter before making our comments.

A case is in court and judgement is not delivered yet and therefore we should not comment until judgement is given on the case.

A case in court should not be commented on in a public arena and we hope the judgement that will emanate will lead us to our expectation. This exercise of April Fool that was the 2007 gubernatorial election in Anambra state had already been declared a nullity by the supreme court. The election shouldn’t have held in the first place and that is the issue.

But since an appeal is in court, we should wait and hear what the court will say before reacting.”

Also commenting on the Ikemba utterance, a former member of the House of Representative, Honourable  Chidi  Duru said it is wrong to comment on a matter that has not been decided on by the court.

“ It is not good. I am a lawyer and we should not preempt the court  judgement. Ikemba Nnewi is a respectful Nigerians leader. I don’t believe he said what was attributed to him.We should be very careful about the situation in Anambra state and whatever comes out of that case in court, we should not take the law into our own hands but trust the judiciary to do their work.”

The state chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra state ,Dr Okey Umeano equally  expressed dismay over Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu’s statement on Anambra crisis.

Dr Umeano in an interview with Saturday Vanguard said Igbo would not be dragged into any controversy  of  war by anybody anymore, saying the people should feel safe and not be disturbed by Ikemba’s utterance.

“The people are safe .They are not going to be dragged into any war because Ojukwu s link to Anambra treasury is about to be severe red. We are not in the 1960s . No blind man can deceive our people again.. Maybe Peter Obi should bring his children back from London to go to war with the tired general who has refused to retire.  The peace-loving people of Anambra  state or even Nigeria will not go to war.”

The State APGA chairman  went further to accuse the factional chairman of the party, Sir Victor Umeh of kicking off the propaganda of  war even before Ojukwu.

“ It was desperate Victor Umeh who started singing the song of war even before Ojukwu..You see, this is the  reaction of game players whose game is coming to an end. Politics is supposed to be played without bitterness but in Anambra state, you see political jobbers in the game. Because our votes don’t count here for us who have been in the game for good, we do not mind when we lose in a clean competition.

“My advice is that people should not play God and should allow God’s time. It should not be a do or die affair.
“Kidnaping is new around here. It came from the Niger-Delta. I feel strongly that it is this way because of the inability of the current government to conduct Local Government elections and also to empower the young people. So we plead with our politicians to avoid the use of violence to achieve ends since nobody has the monopoly of violence.”


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