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Ohanaeze To FG: Release Kanu, End Pro-Biafra Protests

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 at 9:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu

Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged the Federal Government to arrest the current “Biafra agitations” from deteriorating, even as it has expressed the belief that the release of detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, would defuse the current public protests by pro-Biafra groups.

The umbrella body of Ndigbo worldwide stated this in a communiqué released after its “Imeobi” (inner caucus) meeting in Enugu on Sunday.

According to the communiqué signed by the President-General, Gary Enwo-Igariwey and Secretary-General, Dr Joe Nwaorgu, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organization of Ndigbo in Nigeria and the Diaspora, is gravely concerned by current widespread and public “Biafra agitations” in States of the South-East and some other states of Nigeria.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo noted that these agitations and public protests have been exacerbated by the detention of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the promoter/proprietor/director of “Radio Biafra” by State Security Services.

The communiqué reads further: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo fears that these developments may threaten the security and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians wherever they may be domiciled and consequently decided to summon an emergency meeting of Imeobi Ohanaeze to discuss the situation. This meeting was held in Enugu at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Sunday, 29th November 2015. Representatives of various organisations and associations involved in the current public protests also attended the meeting.

“The Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, after extensive, candid discussions and analysis of the situation is of the view that the current agitations are the direct result of excruciating pain of severe injustice, marginalization and exclusion of Ndigbo from decision-making structures in Nigeria as presently configured.

“The youths of Igboland, most of whom were born after the Nigeria-Biafra war, find this prevailing situation of acute Igbo marginalization and exclusion from the affairs of Nigeria completely unacceptable and believ that it is an honour to confront it at the risk of jail or even death than be hewers of wood and drawers of water in their own God-given motherland.

“The Imeobi-Ohanaeze Ndigbo str9ongly avers that the exclusion of Ndigbo in decision making structure of Nigeria constitutes a clear and present danger to the unity and well-being of the country, not only now but also in the future and should be redressed urgently.

“Consequently, the Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndigbo strongly advises the Federal Government of Nigeria to arrest the current “Biafra agitations” from deteriorating, and hereby recommends that the continued detention of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu (who has since his incarceration become the focal point of the public protests) be treated more as a political than a security matter. The Ohanaeze Ndigbo believes that the release f Mr. kanu will defuse the current public protests.”

Ohanaeze Ndigbo strongly deprecated any attempt to drag the current grave situation and public expression of Ndigbo over their exclusion from the Nigerian nation into the realm of parsisan politics and warned all those who may be so inclined that they would bear the full consequences of their actions.

It noted that Ndigbo are nation-builders who are found in all parts of Nigeria and cautioned that all actions and activities which threaten the security and harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians in wherever they may be domiciled is dangerous and must not be encouraged.

Ohanaeze particularly expressed its belief that the current public protests is disruptive of the market economy of the South-East zone and strongly recommended that it should be discontinued immediately in favour of dialogue and constructive engagement in the resolution of the underlying issues.

The group called on the Governors of South-East/south-South zones to as a matter of urgency, create massive employment opportunities for the youth of their states to ameliorate the restive situation.

It noted that the 2014 Confab document is a veritable document and Ndigbo stand on that document.

It appreciated all well meaning Nigerians who are calling for caution in handling the issue of “Biafra agitators”, assuring that Ndigbo would remain committed to the ideals of nation-building and harmonious co-existence of all peoples of Nigeria, whilst resisting attempts to reduce Ndigbo to second-class citizens in our God-given country, which our fathers and forefathers labored and sacrificed, shoulder to shoulder with other Nigerians to bring into being.