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Ohanaeze Youths Warn Against Relocation Of Boko Haram Suspects To S’East

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has warned the  Federal Government against the rumoured plan to relocate some Boko Haram terror suspects to some prison facilities in the South East.

National President of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who handed down the warning in a press statement issued Monday in Aba , described such

plan as ” exportation of terrorism to the peaceful South East region”.

He expressed dismay that “anybody would contemplate relocating  terror suspects who had wrecked havoc in the North East to the South East which shares no geographical boundaries with the  hotbed of Boko Haram”.

According to him, relocating the terror suspects to ” Onitsha or any other federal prison in the South East as rumored amounts to exposing the region to Boko Haram attacks “.

He recalled that some prison facilities in the North including Abuja “with their sophistications” had severally come under attack by Boko Haram in their desperation to free their members detained in such facilities.

The statement read in part: ” Ohanaeze wants to warn the Federal Government to rescind its rumoured plans to relocate Boko Haram suspects to Onitsha prison.

“We view such move as a declaration of war on the peaceful and law-abiding people of the South East, and we will vigorously resist any step considered injurious to Ndigbo.

“The Federal Government  should not export terrorism to Igbo land the way Patrick Sawyer exported Ebola to Nigeria because we don’t deserve such treatment.

“While we appreciate our federal system of government , we will not tolerate any move , policy or action that will make the South East a target of Boko Haram terrorists who have ruined some Northern states”.

OYC advised Buhari not to be deceived into taking any action that would portray him as tribalist in view of the heterogenous nature of Nigeria.

“That we voted massively for ex- President Goodluck Jonathan who lost election does not mean that we should be treated as prisoners of war.

“We are equal stakeholders in Nigeria and nobody should try to push us to the wall or take our patience and inestimable sacrifices for the unity of Nigeria as foolishness or sign of weakness.

“Igbo land which enjoyed peace and stability under ex- President Jonathan should not be made porous or exposed to terror attack under the current administration”, the statement said.

OYC also warned that any attempt to remove Senator Ike Ekweremadu from his position as the Deputy Senate President will be taken as a declaration of war against the people of South East.

It said his emergence as Deputy Senate President was God’s

intervention against sidelining Ndigbo  in the political equation of the country.

OYC therefore, advised Buhari to maintain his neutrality and non interfere posture  in the affairs of the National Assembly to safeguard the independence of the legislative arm of government.

The council also enjoined all senators from the Southern part of Nigeria to support Ekweremadu’s emergence and resist any attempt by anti-Igbo elements to impeach him.


OYC assured Ekweremadu of the full support of Igbo youths and urged him not to be discouraged by the antics of his detractors.