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Use Nnamdi Kanu To Dialogue With Biafra Agitators, Ohaneze Youth Tells FG |The Republican News

IPOB leader, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu

By Chinedu Aroh

The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the apex youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Friday, called on the federal government to calm restive youths in the South East by using Nnamdi Kanu to engage them in productive dialogue.

The group also advised caution over the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The national president of the council, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, stated this in an interview with newsmen.

Igboayaka advised the Nigerian government to ensure justice in the trial of Kanu. He also urged the government to ensure fairness among nationalities of the country to reduce ethnic tension.

According to him, ‘threats of death or imprisoning the agitators cannot quench the call for Biafra restoration, but the only viable means is dialogue and negotiation’.

Comrade Igboayaka called on Igbo leaders, governors and former governors, senators, traditional and religious leaders to rally round Nnamdi Kanu for his safety.

In his words, “No one throws away a child with the dirty bath water, and an elder who rescued a perceived stubborn child has paved a new way of reasoning and the need to listen to the elders.’

He said, “Whether wrong or right, anybody thinking that Nnamdi Kanu is standing alone should interview any Igbo youth in all the communities of Igbo extraction. You will be shocked that Igbo youths still believe in Igwe Bu Ike and Onye Aghala Nwanne Ya. This evidential proof is a signal that Nnamdi Kanu could be used by the government to come into a dialogue or negotiation table”

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Return Home And Call A Meeting For Dialogue, We’ll Attend — SE Governors Tell Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB

South East Governors with Security Chiefs in the region after meeting to ban movement of cattle by Fulani herdsmen

BY IFEOMA OKEREKE 

South-East governors have said they are ready to engage in dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra to resolve their differences.

IPOB had threatened to attack South-East governors and other Igbo leaders outside the country after beating former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Germany for allegedly working their interest.

The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, Chief David Umahi, told our correspondent on Thursday that they never proscribed IPOB, but rather they banned their activities in the region.

The Ebonyi State governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Uzo, asked IPOB to convene a meeting and invite the governors for discussions.

He said, “IPOB are our children. They are our brothers and sisters. They fight for their fight on the pages of newspapers and social media, and it does not help. The best thing is for all of us to sit down and talk. The governors are ready to speak with them.

“They should have a way of coming home or convene a meeting and the governors will attend anywhere they want. Let us sit down and discuss it. And they should know that the governors did not proscribed them, they lack constitutional powers to proscribed them. They only banned their activities in the region where they have jurisdiction.”

IPOB on Wednesday through Aloy Ejimakor, counsel for Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB, wrote to the governors, giving conditions for peace to reign.

The group in the letter, titled ‘Operation Python Dance: An Open Letter To South-East Governors’, demanded “immediate and unconditional de-proscription of IPOB and delisting it as a terrorist organisation. A truth and reconciliation commission on the Python Dance lethal military operations of September 2017.”

The separatist group added, “A public apology for the extrajudicial killing of IPOB members and desecration of the palace of an Igbo traditional ruler at Afaraukwu, Abia State. A genuine dialogue with IPOB on its referendum demand for the restoration of Biafra and discontinuance of the ongoing prosecution of IPOB members and forbearance of any future arrests and prosecutions.”

But the governors said the group were channelling their demands to the wrong people.

Umahi said, “Why can’t they channel their grievances straight to the Federal Government? So, that demand is dead on arrival. It is not the governors that will apologise to them but rather they should apologise to the governors and Ndigbo.”

On whether they will lift the ban on IPOB activities in the zone, Umahi said the issue would be discussed at the meeting (convened by IPOB).

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