The Biafra De Facto Customary Government (BDFCG) has expressed deep concern over the video circulating on social media; in which the traditional ruler of Mburubu Kingdom, Igwe Emmanuel Mmuonyelu, and other traditional rulers in Orlu zone are seen using curses to intimidate and manipulate their subjects in a bid to root for the re-election of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the group said it is disheartening to see the Monarchs, who are supposed to be leaders of their communities, use their influence to promote partisan politics, as well as put their personal interests ahead of the welfare of their people.
BDFCG noted that the traditional rulers were the same people that invited former President Muhammadu Buhari to Orlu and bestowed on him the title of “Nwannedinamba”; at the time his presence in Orlu was a provocation, and called on them to immediately cease and desist from the ignoble acts.
The statement signed by BDFCG Spokesperson, Prosper Odinga, called on people of Orlu zone to reject the divisive and harmful messages of the traditional rulers, urging them to vote their conscience – people who have a proven track record of promoting peace and development in the state.
The statement reads in part:
“The act of laying curses on individuals for their political affiliations not only violates the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of expression and association but also undermines the social fabric of their respective communities.
BDFCG firmly believes in the importance of a fair and inclusive political environment where citizens are free to express their political views without fear of retribution or intimidation. We urge the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate this condemnable act and take appropriate disciplinary actions against HRM Igwe Mmuonyelu Ogbuzulu and Co.
We also encourage Biafrans and friends of Biafrans living in Imo State to remain vigilant, speak out against any form of abuse of power, and work collectively towards promoting a peaceful and inclusive political environment.
As a De Facto Customary Government dedicated to the restoration of our rich cultural heritage and the principles of democracy, human rights, and good governance, BDFCG remains committed to supporting efforts that uphold the rights and dignity of all citizens in Biafraland. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and advocate for justice, fairness, equity ,good Governance and public accountability.”