Anambra gov’t raises alarm over plot by some politicians to cause religious, ethnic crisis
Anambra Commissioner of Information, C-Don Adinuba
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Anambra State Government has alerted the public of an attempt by some unscrupulous politicians to cause crisis in Anambra State during Saturday’s House of Assembly election.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C-Don Adinuba the unscrupulous politicians are operating under the aegis of the “Coalition for Better Anambra State” ostensibly led by a certain Dennis.
The statement said the group wants to cause 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 Fulanis.
It explained that 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.
It made it clear that 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.
Stressing that the primary intention of the so-called Coalition for Better Anambra State is to cause fear and bitterness among the people which will be manipulated to achieve electoral gains, while endangering the lives of millions of Igbo people living in different parts of the country.
It cautioned that when manipulative politicians carry out hate propaganda against other people living in Igboland which can lead to a grave crisis it made Igbo people outside Igboland vulnerable to all manner of attacks.
The statement 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 the people worse off.