Thursday, 14 January 2016

Ohaneze Write To Buhari: Release Kanu Into Our Custody

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has made a strange demand from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ohaneze has requested that the embattled director of radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu be released into their custody.

The group has pleaded with President Buhari to release the detained director of Radio Biafra and leader of Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu to Igbo leaders, assuring that they would make him realize the futility of continuing his pro- Biafra stance.

According to the chairman of state presidents of Ohaneze in the seven Igbo -speaking states, Dr Chris Eluemunoh, Igbo leaders are equally concerned with the security challenges posed by the activities of the pro-Biafra group.

Eluemunoh rold reporters that once Kanu was released to Igbo leaders, they would sit him down and discuss with him and make him realize the negative effects of continuing with efforts to actualize the Biafra Republic.

The Ohaneze chieftain said a lot of discussions on how to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country were going on among Igbo leaders, adding that they believe that Kanu’s issue could be better handled and resolved if he was released to enable Igbo leaders get involved in the matter.

He said: “IPOB and MASSOB (the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra) can operate as pressure groups and not as secessionist groups. Many Igbo people are residing in other parts of Nigeria and there is no way they can abandon their investments to return to the East in the name of Biafra.”

He however commended IPOB for ending their protests that grounded many cities in the East last year, assuring them that they would benefit more if they adopted dialogue in their approach to national issues.

The Ohaneze leader also spoke on the recent statement credited to the Enugu -based Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka in which he was quoted as saying that some people were planning to assassinate President Buhari, describing such a statement as reckless.

He said: “Mbaka should face his evangelism work as a priest rather than creating panic in the country. If he received any revelation, the better thing for him to do is to keep it to himself and pray to God to avert such a thing. The president is the Commander -in -Chief of the country’s armed forces and is capable of securing himself and we see the statement by Mbaka as a distraction.”

Eluemunoh said that Ohaneze supports the president’s anti corruption war, adding that with the way Buhari is going, sanity would soon return to the country’s socio -economic sector.

The Igbo socio-cultural group insisted that it is not in support of Nnamdi Kanu’s approach to the problem of Igbo marginalization and said that Kanu is yet to apologize to them.