By Emeka Mamah, Francis Igata & Chimaobi Nwaiwu
ENUGU—The Arewa Consultative Forum and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have condemned the killing of unarmed Biafran agitators by security agents and asked the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu,Okechukwu Isiguzoro and other detained MASSOB agitators.
ACF National Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Coommasie made this known in Enugu yesterday while clarifying some of the issues discussed at a joint closed-door meeting of both ACF and Ohanaeze.
“It was a closed door meeting. Despite the fact that we did not make it open, we condemned the killing of the unarmed Biafran agitators and called on the Federal Government to release the detained Biafran agitators from Nnamdi Kanu to Ben Onwuka and to compensate those who lost their lives. We enjoyed our stay in Enugu and Nsukka.
“We are happy that all is well and this is the beginning of greater things to come in Nigeria. If the various groups should be coming together to discuss issues affecting Nigeria, then it will be good for the country,” Coommasie, who was a former Inspector General of Police, IGP, said.
Also, the National President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, in his comments said: “We think that this kind of joint cooperation will solve some of the problems we keep having from time to time.
“It means that we don’t need to come to the north to address issues; it means that we will contact Arewa to tell them about the problems confronting our people. The major issue is that we are starting on a good note of cooperation that will ensure that we have other good results in the future. These meetings will be very regular.”
In a communiqué jointly signed by Igariwey and Coommasie, the ACF and Ohanaeze stated, “At the end of our discussion, we have resolved to issue this press statement.
“That the ACF and Ohanaeze Ndigbo reaffirm their belief in the corporate existence of Nigeria with justice, fairness and equity to all.
“We support wholeheartedly, the war against insurgency in the north east and commend the effort of our gallant soldiers and the encouragement given to them by the Federal Government.
“We extend our condolences to the Federal Government and families of the bereaved and equally sympathise with families of those who lost their lives in the various IDP camps.
“We support the Federal Government’s war on corruption and call on the Federal Government to sustain this effort and call on Nigerians also to cooperate with the Federal Government.
“ACF and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have agreed to meet regularly to discuss the state of the nation and forward our discussion to the Federal Government to aid good and equitable governance.
“We will also continue to meet with our other brothers- the Afenifere, the South-South People’s Assembly, the Itsekiri, the Urhobo and many other socio-cultural groups to promote peaceful coexistence and unity of Nigeria.”