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IPOB’s opposition to Igbo presidency vindicates us, say professionals

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The Coalition of South East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND) has said that Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)’s opposition to Igbo presidency in 2023 vindicated its earlier position that IPOB was being sponsored by fifth columnists in the South East.

IPOB had stated on Sunday that it would not support a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, alleging that all the people being prepared for the position were stooges of the Caliphate that would be used against Ndigbo and Biafrans.

But the Igbo professionals said it was not surprised at IPOB’s position, expressing happiness that it alerted the region on the real identities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, earlier.

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It, however, asserted that “many gullible sons and daughters of the South East extraction were brainwashed by Kanu and his group” into believing that they were out to defend and protect the region.

CSEPNND, in a statement, yesterday, signed by its National President, Prof. Chika Madumere, and National Secretary, Anayo Uchemba, tasked the region’s governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other stakeholders to immediately engage the people on advocacy ahead of the poll.

Noting that IPOB’s position had really proven that it was being bankrolled by certain politicians from the South to scuttle Igbo’s quest for the presidency in 2023, the group asked people of the region to be vigilant, firm and decisive on what they really want and not succumb to the antics of Kanu and his likes.

It wondered why IPOB, which claimed to be working for the interest of the South East, would be against what the people of the region had since been looking forward to.

“Naturally, any group working for advancement of its people should be at the forefront of issues that would see to the realisation of their yearnings and aspirations. IPOB knows well that the general feeling of the people of the South East is how the region can also be entrusted with Nigeria’s presidency. Ironically, this is not the case here with IPOB! So one would be quick to ask what really is IPOB looking for? We believe strongly that no reasonable group should kick against the progress of its own people as IPOB is currently doing.

“We had earlier alerted our people that desperate politicians feeling threatened of the chances of Igbo to produce the president in 2023 were sponsoring Kanu to scuttle the bid. The position of IPOB has obviously confirmed this. They are traitors; hence we must rise up and end their activities in Igbo land now,” it said.

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