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Don’t Turn To Armed Struggle – Ohaneze Ndi’Igbo Begs IPOB

by on March 23, 2016
 

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has appealed to the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), to rescind its threat to resort to armed self-defence following the latest killing of its members by security agents.

The National President of Ohanaeze Youth Coun­cil (OYC), Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who made the appeal in Umuahia during an inter­view with our Sister Newspaper house The AUTHORITY on Sunday, said the unwarrant­ed attacks on Biafran agitators by security agents were a ploy by “the enemies of Ndigbo” to provoke them to reprisal.

He said some elements in the security circles had been look­ing for excuses to turn the South East zone into another theatre of war as currently witnessed in the North East, but pleaded with IPOB and other agitators to resist the temptation.

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“IPOB and all Biafran agita­tors should know that some persons in the corridors of power are looking for the slight­est opportunity to unleash hor­ror on our people.

“The continued mindless kill­ing of unarmed Biafran agitators is nothing but a ploy by the archi­tects of Igbo problems to lure the agitators into violence, and tag them as terrorists to justify any military action”, Isiguzoro said.

The OYC leader who strongly condemned the spate of killings of Biafran activists on peaceful protests, also cautioned against the grave implications of sup­pressing people’s freedom of ex­pression in a democracy.

He also renewed OYC’s ap­peal to President Muhammadu Buhari, to proffer a political solu­tion to the primary cause of the wave of protests in South Eastern states by releasing the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

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“Buhari should release Nnam­di Kanu to Igbo leaders and that will put an end to the tension in the country over his continued detention”, Isiguzoro said.

He argued that, “the continued detention of Biafran activists at a time when hundreds of sus­pected Boko Haram fighters are being routinely released by the same security agencies raises a lot of questions.

“It boggles the mind to reflect that just on Friday, the army freed about 275 suspected Boko Haram members while on the other hand, Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafran agitators who have never taken up arms against the state are still languishing in jail even when a court has ordered their release”.

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Isiguzoro further called on the Federal Government to im­mediately address the causes of the renewed agitation for Biaf­ran secession such as system­atic marginalisation of Ndigbo in the power equation of Nigeria and infrastructural decay in the South East.

He however said that OYC in collaboration with Igbo leaders would continue to intensify ef­forts towards releasing Kanu and other detained Biafran agitators.

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  • Tony
    February 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Buhari is an enemy to the Ibos simply bcos IBO’s didn’t vote massively for him during election. He decided to maltreat KANU and send soldiers to kill innocent protesters. For what reason should soldiers be detailed to shoot people who gathered to offer prayers for their unjustified detained leader.? Man’s inhumanity.

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  • SPECIAL COMMANDO
    February 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    even if buhari contests another election igbos cannever give him a vote with all these wickedness against igbo tribe,he cannot even succeed in this first tenure,igbos are very strong tribe that can do anything,every body knows about it,so caution the president to calm and apologise to the igbos unless he will see what is worse than boko haram and n/delta millitants,infact he may not enjoy his tenure

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  • white
    February 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Comment…Buhari wickedness against the igbos did not start now and hr I’d not the only and in it. Truly they re looking for opportunity to go to war the igbos But God will put them to shame via boko haram . and the fulains.

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