Sunday, 16 October 2016

More Groups From South-East and South-South Threatened to Join IPOB if Kanu is Not Released




Report has it that about 50 group from the South-East and South-South Nigeria on Saturday in Enugu State has demanded the unconditional and immediate release of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to an online newspaper, Punch News, the group comprising Christian Bodies, Town Union, Women and Youth Organizations, Students and Traders Associations, threatened to join IPOB if the Leader (Nnamdi Kanu) was not released immediately.
GutsyNaija noted from same source, that the group also demanded the restructuring of Nigeria along regional blocs.
In the meeting held in Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, the group urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to obey a December 2015 court ruling which ordered the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
The statement which was signed by the leaders of the groups, including Mrs. Maria Okwor of the Igbo Women Assembly, Bishop Michael Ibeneme of the South-East Christian Network, and Eliot Uko of the Igbo Youth Movement,  said, “We are giving notice to the world, that if the unjust, provocative and divisive detention of Nnamdi Kanu is not specially looked into for the sake of peace, equity and justice, we may no longer restrain our members, affiliates, friends and sisters groups that have indicated their resolve to join IPOB in solidarity with the persecution and unjust detention of their leader.
“Pursuit of self-determination is the inalienable right of all oppressed people the world over as endorsed by the United Nations’ charter on freedom. We are being forced by the uncompromising attitude of the oppressor to defend and protect the future of our progeny.  The current master-servant relationship as typified by the unworkable, military constitution is suffocating us. Enough is enough.”
According to same source, the group said, the current structure of the country, which was imposed by the military, was “unworkable,” saying it was undermining the development of various regions in the country.
It said, “A six-region structure remains the only formula to salvage and rebuild Nigeria. Those opposed to a six-region structure are only working towards the eventual disintegration of the country. All political, economic and social indicators pointed to a self-evident truth that only an early reversal to six regional structures will save the country now,” the groups stated.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Okwor, said, “There is nothing like one Nigeria. President (Muhammadu) Buhari is waging war against two regions. Without justice there cannot be peace; without peace there cannot be unity; and without unity we cannot make progress. Only a return to the six-region structure will save Nigeria. Everybody knows it; delay is unhealthy.”
One of the group leader urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “reduce the anger and bitterness in the land by releasing Kanu, saying those advising otherwise do not wish the president well.”
Also the president of the Igbo Students Union, Chimezie Ubani, claimed that Igbo students in tertiary institutions in the South-East had resolved to join IPOB to Protest Kanu’s detention.
In his words, he said, “Igbo students in all the 54 tertiary institutions in the East have resolved to join IPOB to turn it to the largest mass movement in the world. We have come to the point where Mr. President must know that he cannot continue detaining an innocent man. We have already printed our identity cards. Henceforth, we are all IPOB (members).”
Speaking of the released, the Chairman of Igbo Traders Association, Chris Obikwelu, stated that all traders in the zone would join IPOB “if Kanu is not released this month.”
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