Igbo Youths Asks FG To Unproscribe IPOB, Backs Ban On Open Grazing By Southern Govs

By Chijindu Emeruwa

A coalition, the South East Igbo Youth Stakeholders, have asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to unproscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organization and called for the release of all political prisoners of Igbo extraction.

The coalition comprised Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth, National Youth Council of Nigeria (South-East), Nigerian Youth Congress (South-East), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other youth leaders of South East extraction.

In a communique after its expanded meeting held in Awka and issued to DAILY POST on Thursday, the youth stakeholders, regretted the heightened insecurity in the South-East which has resulted in the loss of lives of their people, security agents and properties and they deeply commiserate with the families of the bereaved.

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They further called on the Southeast Governors to synergize and liaise with the relevant stakeholders especially the youth to arrest the current security challenges in the region.

The Igbo youth stakeholders condemned in totality the wanton destruction of lives and properties in the South-East and appealed to the perpetrators of the criminal act to desist forthwith and seek for a proper means of airing their grievances.

They urged Southeast Governors to encourage community policing by strengthening and digitalizing the local vigilantees in the zone.

The Southeast youths said that they unequivocally align with the resolution of the Southern Governors and called for necessary legal framework for immediate implementation of the resolution and proposed for quarterly interface between the Governors of the South-East and the Youth stakeholders so that the issues of the zone will be regularly reviewed.

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The group called on the South-East Governors to fully implement the recommendations of the ENDSARS panel report, especially on Youth Development and also review the Laws of their various State Security Council Committees to include critical youth stakeholders.

The group further called on the South-East Governors to adopt business friendly policies to attract Ndigbo’s investments back home.

They noted that for the sake of fairness, equity and justice, every political party should zone their presidential seat to the Southeast geopolitical zone ahead of 2023 general election in Nigeria.

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They unanimously resolved to convene an all important youth security stakeholders summit to appraise security issues.

The communique was signed by the Deputy National President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Innocent Nduanya, Comrade Chuks Okafor, NANS Senate President, Maazi Chukwuma Okpalezeukwu, for Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth, Comrade Maxwell Ezelagwu, for Nigeria Youth Congress, Comrade Ilogebe Chidi, and the immediate past NANS president, Comrade Pascal Ugwu.

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