The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reiterated their stance on the economic and insecurity crisis and warned Federal Government to acknowledge and solve the atrocious activities of the Fulani herdsmen in south-east region.
Report from our correspondents disclosed that the apex Igbo socio-cultural group who celebrated the Igbo day on Thursday, September 29 in Enugu, also demanded the release Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra held in detention since October 10, 2015.
During the celebratory event of the annual Ndigbo day titled: “think home and invest home,” at No 7, Park Avenue, GRA, yesterday, the President General, Gary Igariwey, who was represented OAU Onyema addressed the Ohanaeze and he stated thus:
“We once again raise our voice on the unholy situation and unfortunate state of the federal roads in the region which have caused a trip from Enugu-Onitsha to take five hours contrary to the one hour it used to take. It is completely unpalatable to connect any south-east state.
“We also urge the Federal Government to reconsider its proposed sale of national assets. We believe that these priceless assets already acquired, stand at the centre of the economy of this country, and if managed well, will give growth and hope to our posterity.”
Based on the title of the day’s celebration, the group urged its people to stop grieving over their marginalisation by successive administrations in the country by adopting the “think home” policy of developing their areas.
Chief Enwo-Igariwey ascribed the Igbos as hardworking and resilience people as he paid tribute to unarmed Igbo youths, men and women who were killed in their farms by Fulani herdsmen and those agitating for Biafra within the last one year in what he described as “unacceptable circumstances.”
The factional leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Ralph Obioha, asked Ndigbo to embrace peace and love themselves as well as their neighbours.
He recalled the period when Nigeria had no universities, that it was through individual sacrifices and communal efforts of Ndigbo children who joined the race in pursuit of the so-called golden fleece overseas and acquitted themselves in an outstanding manner.
“Despite starting over 50 years behind some other Nigerian nationalities in the pursuit of higher education, the outcome by the early 1960s was the bridging of the tertiary education gap.
“By 1960, the Vice Chancellors of three of the most prominent universities in Nigeria were not only Nigerians but were internationally renowned scholars of Igbo origin.”
Among the prominent Nigerians who demanded the release of Nnamdi Kanu were former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, the Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah who noted that agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra could only be resolved through dialogue. Hence, their leader should be released to solve the matter.