By Chijindu Emeruwa
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has told the Nigerian government to use the advantage of the secession agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and other pro-biafra organizations to integrate Ndigbo in power sharing, equity and cooperation by making 2023 presidential race the right of the Igbo nation.
In a statement made available to Akelicious, in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, on Saturday, the Engr Chidi Ibe-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo lamented the current scenarios playing out as a result of the rising agitations for secession by different ethnic nationalities in Nigeria particularly in Igbo land, saying that it is right time the Nigerian government engages in genuine negotiations with aggrieved parties aiming at finding lasting peace in the country.
The highest Igbo group regretted the controversies surrounding the rearrest and extradition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, to Nigeria for the continuation of his trial, urging the government to adhere strictly to the rule of law on the prosecution of the alleged treason charges preferred against the secessionist leader.
Ohanaeze also posited that Kanu should be forgiven and granted presidential amnesty and integrated in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu had denied allegations on the incessant, indiscriminate, and extra judicial killings, insecurity ravaging our land. Kalu should be integrated in the scheme of things in Nigeria,” the group said.
The Pan Igbo organization further stressed that Kanu’s detention in custody of Federal govt security agencies must be characterized with social equality, egalitarianism factor
It said, Federal government must be patriotic and magnanimous while Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is being tried, given access to his medical team and legal, as well as his immediate family members.
The group sued for peace in Igboland, stating that Ndigbo would not disown Kanu in his moment of trial.
According to the apex body, “Kanu is an Igbo son and cannot be disowned for misapplication and misappropriation of words and decisions in his thoughts, actions, and inactions”.
The Ohanaeze further used the medium to call for caution among various youth groups, advising them to desist from any act capable of truncating peace and order in the country.
“The youths should remain calm, law abiding, go about their normal legitimate activities and allow the law to take its course and bearing under this circumstance,” it said.