Members of the Igbo sociocultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, living in South Africa on Saturday called the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to order.
The group stated that the pro-secessionist is not vested with the power or authority to speak for all Igbos.
This is according to the group’s founder (South Africa). Chief Jonas Udeji. who noted that the stance of its national body not to boycott the Anambra governorship election is in order.
Udeji revealed this while reacting to Kanu’s declaration of no election holding in Anambra state and Ohaneze’s decision to support the holding of an election in the state.
In his opinion, the stance taken by the body is the right one.
The national president of Ohaneze, John Nwodo, had addressed legislators in Anambra and told them to ignore the directive.
Udeji speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday said that Kanu was not qualified to give such a directive on behalf of the Igbos.
“Ohaneze Ndigbo remains the apex body of Igbos in Nigeria and worldwide.
“No single individual will give any order on behalf of Igbos if that person is not the elected President of Ohaneze.
“We understand Nnamdi Kanu`s emotions about the plight of Igbos in Nigeria. But, he should realise that we have a leader and that is Nwodo.
“He is the one to speak on behalf of Igbos,” he said.
He urged Anambra people and other South-eastern states to ignore the IPOB directive.