Nwala (file photo)
By Valentine Amanze
The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), pan-Igbo organization, has appealed to the people of Anambra State to come out enmasse and cast their votes in the governorship election in the state on Saturday November 6, 2021.
The group, in statement issued by its Chairman, Prof Uxodinma Nwala, also warned against boycotting the election as being canvassed in some quarters.
ADF stated: “Boycotting it means providing opportunity for the candidate of the enemy to be declared winner or to impose the enemy’s candidate as the Administrator of Anambra State if there is no election.
“Yes, they are determined to rig the lection no matter what we do. But it is better for the world to be told that they rigged the election than to be told that we boycotted the election and thereby provided them the opportunity to seize political power in Anambra State.”
On the suspended sit-at-home order by some pro-Biafra organizations, ADF insisted that one must not be forced to vote or not to vote, stressing, that “exercise of franchise (the right to vote) is a voluntary right of any normal human being.
“That right cannot be enforced one way or the other, not even under a dictatorship.
“Anybody enforcing sit-at home is doing so to divide our ranks, to weaken our economy, to promote anarchy and make us easily vulnerably. No sane son or daughter of Alaigbo wants the enemy to have his way; that is to say, to conquer us.
“No sane son or daughter of Alaigbo would put us in the harm’s way and promote the conquest of Alaigbo either by military might or through promotion of anarchy in Alaigbo.”
The group alleged that some people were working against the interest of Ndigbo, stressing that their target was destroying the business of Ndigbo.
ADF stated: “We are aware that the enemies are doing all they can to promote anarchy in Alaigbo to scare away our businessmen as well as foreign investors. A good deal of the killings, the horrors and anarchy in Alaigbo today is promoted by the enemy and their allies in our midst. Our duty is to expose them and not to join them in promoting anarchy and making life doubly miserable for our already emasculated people.
“If, as we all seem to agree, that there should be no enforced sit-at-home. Our duty is to be in the streets countering anyone enforcing the sit-at-home with our placards. It is true, as many have said, that the enemy who is armed to the teeth is parading our roads, streets and markets, killing our youths no matter what they say or do.
ADF has always declared our right of self-defense. That right is inalienable.
“Yes, Alaigbo is currently under siege. The enemy is in dire haste to overrun and seize our land or make it ungovernable. Our duty is to prevent this by all means possible.”
Besides, ADF appealed the Igbo youth not to assume that all the intllectuals, politians, clerics or traditional ruler were against, stressing that there was the need for all to work together.
“But to say that all political leaders, all traditional rulers, all religious leaders, all intellectuals, etc, are enemies or are of no use, is to tactlessly divide our ranks and play into the hands of the enemy.
“ADF is aware that there are those in our midst including some politicians, some traditional rulers, some clergy and some intellectuals and women whom we all, including the bulk of our youth respect. If we don’t listen to them now or if we publicly embarrass them, who then are we going to respect or listen to! If nobody is good enough to deserve our respect, then we are saying that we all are anarchists,” it stated.
ADF was the first pan-Igbo organization to visit Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues when they were in Kuje Prison.