Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the new president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, has clarified the controversial comments credited to him, in which he was alleged to have called Yorubas “Political Rascals”, for the attacks suffered by the Igbos during the last presidential and gubernatorial elections in Lagos State.
Iwuanyanwu appeared on the Arise TV Morning Show on Monday and made the clarifications.
He said the comments made at the one year anniversary of the tenure of Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo were twisted and fabricated by a section of the media.
Iwuanyanwu said he made the comments in reference to the selfish individuals that were directly attacking Igbos in Lagos for political and electoral reasons. He said the complete tape of what he said is available and was broadcast live, but some mischievous people decided to doctor the comments to cause problems between the two ethnic groups.
He explained that he had a very good and close relationship with the family of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and in particular, Moshood Abiola, who he said he was very close with.
Iwuanyanwu also said he spoke to Yoruba Leaders who let him know that there was no problem between the Yorubas and Igbos.
He also reiterated the long standing good relationships between the two ethnic groups, and enjoined the Igbos to stay in Lagos and go on with their business, peacefully.
Asked about the fairness of the Mohammadu Buhari administration to the Igbos, Iwuanyanwu said the Buhari had done s lot of good things for the Igbos and went on to mention some projects including the 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Road and the approval for the dredging of the Oguta Lake.
On the continued incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu, Iwuanyanwu called on President Buhari to do him and Igbos a favor by releasing Nnamdi Kanu before the May 29th handover date. He explained that there is a direct connection between the unrest in the South East and the continued incaceration of Nnamdi Kanu.