The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has disagreed with Northern groups, including Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) over the demand for the release of detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by Igbo elders.
The elders under the umbrella of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by nonagenarian first Republic Parliamentarian and Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, made the demand when they paid President Muhammadu Buhari a courtesy visit at Aso villa, Abuja, last Friday. Amechi had pleaded with the president to quench the fire in the South-East by releasing Kanu in the interest of peace.
Reacting, Buhari said the demand was heavy but he would consider it.
Following the meeting, ACF and CNG faulted the demand by the Igbo elders. The northern groups insisted that Kanu should be made to face justice and accused some Southeastern groups of trying to subvert the course of justice. The groups also expressed similar sentiments as Buhari that it was a favour for Kanu to be arraigned in court to make his case.
Ohanaeze took exception to this and fired back that by releasing Kanu, Buhari would be doing his administration favour not Ndigbo.
The group’s Secretary General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, warned the northern groups to desist from fanning the embers of dissension and disunity capable of threatening the corporate existence of the country.