How Buhari can solve Biafra issue – Ohanaeze

By Amako Nneji November 30, 2015 14:11

How Buhari can solve Biafra issue  – Ohanaeze

Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo called on the Federal Government for the immediate release of the detained Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as a condition for peace.

In a seven-point communiqué signed by its President-General, Gary Igariwey and Secretary-General, Joe Nworgu, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that the release of Kanu would go a long way in arresting the current Biafra agitations from deteriorating.

Since the protest broke out, Buhari has remained relatively silence while military threatened military action.

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The arrest of Kanu by the Department of State Security Service, DSS had sparked off unrest across the S/south and S/east region as thousands of supporters and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, took to the streets to vent their anger.

The group went further to write an open letter to world leaders over the plight of its leader, Kanu, who was whisked away by DSS.

In the letter written by Ifeanyi Chijioke on behalf of the group, the members said that with the arrest of Kanu, freedom of speech had received a knock of death.

    “The world leaders must stand up to its integrity, pride, and in defense of the law they made,” the group said adding that the UN chatter on the rights of indigenous people had become endangered with the arrest of this “leader of indigenous people of Biafra.”

In order to diffuse the ongoing mass protest by pro-Biafra agitators demanded for the unconditional release of Kanu.

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The organisation insisted that the exclusion of Ndigbo in decision making structure of Nigeria constituted a clear and present danger to the unity and well-being of the country not only now but also in the future and as such should be immediately addressed.

The communiqué which was read by a former Minister of Health, A.B.C. Nwosu noted:

      “The meeting strongly deprecates any attempt to drag the current grave situation and public expression of Ndigbo over the exclusion from the Nigerian nation into the realm of partisan politics and warns all those who may be so inclined that they shall bear full consequences of their actions.

“We note that Ndigbo are nation builders who are found in all parts of the country and caution that all actions and activities which threaten the security and harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians wherever they may be domiciled is dangerous and must not be encouraged.

“In particular, the Imeobi believes that current public protests, howbeit peaceful,  is disruptive of the market economy of the south-east zone and strongly recommend that they be discontinued immediately in favour of dialogue and constructive engagement in the resolution of the underlying issues,” the communiqué noted.

“We acknowledge the concern and efforts of many well meaning Ndigbo and other Nigerians to engage themselves constructively in the resolution of issues which detract from our sense of nationhood and sense of common destiny as a unified and diverse nation,” they noted.

The organisation explained  that Ndigbo shall continue to remain committed to the ideals of nation building and harmonious co-existence of all Nigerians,  while resisting attempts to reduce Ndigbo to second class citizens in our country “which our fathers and fore-fathers laboured and sacrificed, shoulder to shoulder with other Nigerians to bring into being.”

The gathering  witnessed the presence of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, former Anambra State governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Obi Onubogu and Eze Cletus Illomuanya as well as representatives of IPOB and MASSOB.

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