By Henry Okonkwo
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to the rearrest of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Alex Ogbonnia, said that they have constituted a legal team plus eminent Igbo leaders to monitor the proceedings and ensure a fair trial of the IPOB leader.
The six-point resolution read, “That Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has observed with keen interest the recent re-arraignment and consequent trial of our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“That, in as much as Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not averse to his trial, we however submit that he should be tried within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with global best practices.
“Ohanaeze strongly supports the stand taken by the Southern Governors Forum on anti-open grazing, restructuring, rotation of the President of Nigeria to the South in 2023, and the proposed 5% share of the Petroleum Industries Bill (PIB) for the host communities.
“That we identify with the Igbo youths in their grievances concerning Igbo marginalisation, the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, etc, however, we do not support the use of any form of violence to redress the relative deprivation and prevailing inequality and injustice across the country.”
Ohanaeze called on Igbo youth to be law-abiding and sheath their sword, and allow their leaders and stakeholders to address those collective grievances through meaningful dialogue and negotiations.