The Coalition of South-East Professionals Network in Nigeria and Diaspora, CSEPNND, has accused desperate politicians from the region of sponsoring Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
CSEPNND while stating that the reason is to thwart the Igbo Presidency in 2023, called for community advocacy against the Nnamdi Kanu led-IPOB.
The Igbo stated that Kanu is out to destroy the Igbo nation and begged the Igbo in general to ignore him.
While appealing to all Nigerians to support the Igbo Presidency, CSEPNND stated that Kanu is not speaking or acting for the Igbo people.
The group called on all governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and all well-meaning sons and daughters of Ndigbo to rise against Nnamdi Kanu and his group and wholeheartedly denounce them.
This is contained in a statement signed by its National President, Prof. Madumere Chika, and National Secretary, Mazi Anayo Uchemba on Friday and made available to newsmen.
“We wish to authoritatively say that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not working for the interest of Ndigbo, rather he is being bankrolled by a certain Nigerian politician who is contesting the 2023 presidential elections from the South against the Igbos,” it alleged.
“This politician is doing this through some of his key aides to cause disaffection in Nigeria between the Igbos and other regions of our country.”
“The politician, having realized that the general mood in the country now is the high sympathy Nigerians have for Igbo people in 2023 general elections, decided to employ this method to set Ndigbo up against Nigeria and we must not allow this,” it further said.
It alleged that Nnamdi Kanu held a meeting with those desperate politicians in France in December and another on 10th and 11th January 2021.
“Their aim is to portray the Igbos as enemies of Nigeria who don’t deserve the presidency.
“Although our people are highly marginalized and deserve the right for agitation, that must be done legally and by the appropriate people, not a deviant young man like Nnamdi Kanu who is out for his selfish interest,” it said.
“Igbo people deserve the Presidency this time around. They have all it takes to produce the next president of Nigeria and that is what we should be pushing for now with one strong voice in unity and sincerity of purpose.
“We are therefore calling on all Ndigbo worldwide to rise up against Kanu and everything he stands for.