The Anambra State government said it has uncovered an attempt by some unscrupulous politicians to cause a far-reaching crisis in the state during this weekend’s House of Assembly election.
A statement by Commissioner for information & Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, said that the unscrupulous politicians, “operating under the aegis of the Coalition for (a) Better Anambra State, is ostensibly led by one Dennis Egwuonu, whose means of livelihood and place of either residence or work are unknown”.
Adinuba said the group wants to cause a severe religious and ethnic crisis in the state which will see Muslims at war with Christians as well as the Igala-speaking community of Anambra State in a bitter fight with the Fulani.
“Their secret plan, which, according to sources, has for days been known to security agencies, is to incite Ndi Anambra by alleging on the eve of the election that the state government is building a huge mosque in the heart of Awka, the Anambra State capital, and to accuse Fulani cattle herders of massacring hundreds of farmers in Anambra West Local Government Area and even sucking their blood as part of a ritual.
“The allegations by the group are patently false, as the state government is not in the business of building places of worship, whether churches or mosques,” the statement said.
Explaining that while it is noted that the primary intention of the so-called Coalition for (a) Better Anambra State is to cause fear and bitterness among the people which will be manipulated to achieve electoral gains, Adinuba said it is evident that the group is endangering the lives of millions of Igbo people living in different parts of the country.
“Ndigbo live in places other than their regions of origin more than any other ethnic group in the country. They work in these places as successful entrepreneurs and professionals; millions are students. When manipulative politicians carry out hate propaganda against other people living in Igboland which can lead to a grave crisis, they do not seem to recognise that Igbo people outside Igboland are vulnerable. These unscrupulous politicians are obviously setting up millions of our people living outside Igboland for all manner of attacks,” Adinuba warned.
According to the commissioner, these unscrupulous elements, manipulated by politicians who made their fortune often outside Igboland without harassment, tend to give the impression that Ndigbo are not capable of peaceful co-existence. He stressed that this negative impression is wrong because Ndigbo are known to be accommodating, which is a critical requirement for economic and social transformation.
“The Anambra State Government advises Ndi Anambra to always disregard dangerous rumours by self-serving politicians whose stock in trade is the manipulation of primordial differences to achieve immediate electoral gains but which will end up leaving our people worse off. Ndi Anambra are, like the rest of the Ndi Igbo, great believers in the philosophy of Live and Let Live. We will continue to uphold this philosophy because it is the basis of a stable society and it has always served our people well. God bless Anambra State, the Light of the Nation”.