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Buhari’s Call To Declare IPOB As Terrorists Is Unfortunate – Ohanaeze

 

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, should be declared as terrorists by the European Union, the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has described the president’s call as unfortunate.

 This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, by the spokesman for Ohanaeze, Dr Alex Ogbonnia.

According to him, “It is most expedient to enlighten the general public that what IPOB is asking for is the parting words of a Nigerian titan, the Maitama Sule imperatives, to President Buhari when he led the Northern Leaders Forum to congratulate him shortly after his victory in the 2015 general elections.”

He explained, “What I think IPOB is asking for is very clear: treat us as partners in the Nigerian project or allow us to go.”

He added that, “On the other hand, how can one explain the obvious lopsidedness in the appointment of military and paramilitary personnel to head the following organisations with little or no considerations for the people of the South-East region; Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security, National Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Correctional Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Customs Service; and several others.”

He noted that, “On the other hand, as Maitama Sule predicted the orchestrated alienation of the South-East region from the centre of power as the cause of the agitation in the region.”

 He disclosed that, “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, has repeatedly stated that a people denied justice may not have interest in peace.”

He posited that, “The request by Mr President to the West is most unachievable because the West watches with keen interest and utter resignation the pathetic governance paradigm in the country. For the avoidance of doubt, democracy all over the world requires justice, equity, mutual toleration and institutional forbearance, all of which are in short supply in the country today.”

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