Don’t dictate to Buhari on Kanu’s release, Ohanaeze tells ACF, others
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, faulted the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), to stop fanning the embers of dissension and disunity threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
It insisted that individuals and groups should allow President Muhammadu Buhari to do his job and release leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Secretary General of the Chidi Ibeh-led faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, noted that Nigeria’s unity was paramount and Ohanaeze Ndigbo would not allow the northern groups to destroy the country due to their selfish interests.
Isiguzoro argued that Nigeria’s unity was superior to all arguments that the ACF and CNG summed up on why Buhari should allow Kanu to face trial and be jailed if found guilty of the charges against him before considering a presidential pardon and amnesty for him.
“It’s an absurd and nonsensical for the Northern leaders to resort to pettiness in all issues concerning the South East, especially when it’s in the best interests of the country and its survival.
“It is the prerogative of the Presidency to either choose from actions that will lead to the disintegration of the country or retreat from promoting nepotism, which was responsible for IPOB’s actions to respond to the inadequacies of the Federal Government, especially in handling the activities of herdsmen in the South East.
“The ACF has stirred the hornets nest and they will reap from the benefits of the disintegration of the country if IPOB becomes offensive after Buhari declines the request of Igbo leaders to release Kanu.
“It is obvious that the ACF has descended from its position of admiration to become street urchins by permitting the activities of Boko Haram and bandits to becloud their sense of reasoning from seeing that only Kanu’s release will secure a stronger and united Nigeria,” he stated.
Isiguzoro pointed out that the mere consideration of Kanu’s release had automatically put ACF as an exponent of Nigeria’s breakup and disintegration, adding: “We are not begging President Buhari not to listen to the ACF, but he should correct his lapses in governance before the international community.”
He further expressed concern that ACF and NEF were not aware of the international pressures on President Buhari after the Kenyan Government confirmed that Kanu’s extradition to Nigeria did not follow established protocols and rules coupled with the release of #EndSARS reports, which had battered the country’s image and that of the present government.