Following the clamour for the re-arrest of the IPOB leader, Ohanaeze had warned the Federal Government against such action, saying re-arresting Kanu will spell doom for Nigeria.
Responding, some ACF elders berated Ohanaeze for trivializing a criminal matter.
In a counter-reaction to ACF’s attack on Ohanaeze, IPOB in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, maintained that Kanu has not committed any crime that could warrant being rearrested.
Powerful said: “If Nigeria ever had a case against our leader, why have the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) not commenced the trial since October 2015 when our leader was first arrested? Instead the Arewa North thought they could intimidate this present Ohaneze Ndigbo as they did to previous executives, into allowing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be arrested.”
According to IPOB, Kanu has succeeded in breaking the Arewa-born to rule mentality since the beginning of his agitation for Biafra.
“People are no longer intimidated by the disproportionate number of Arewa sons in the military and other armed forces who are in essence the foot soldiers of the Caliphate and not Nigeria.
“The idea of wanting to use baseless trumped up charges to justify the extra judicial detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be resisted by all men and women of good conscience,” Powerful added.
He went on to say that if anyone should be arrested, it ought to be President Muhammadu Buhari who flouted court orders on the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.
“After all it was Buhari himself that disobeyed court order after court order directing the unconditional release of the our leader in 2015. If anyone deserves to be arrested, it is Buhari.”
Paul Unongo and his caliphate handlers should also call for the arrest of the Director General of DSS and AGF for flagrant and serial disobedience to court orders. Whilst they are at it, they should not fail to add their beloved Arewa Youths, who actually committed the treasonable act of incitement to genocide, which is a far more serious crime than attempted coup d’etat.
What Arewa Consultative Forum through their Arewa Youths did was nothing short of a call to mass murder and appropriation of properties that does not belong to them. Arewa Elders that incited the youths, provided them finance and logistics must also be arrested.
It’s a pity that Chief Paul Unongo who appear not to know his roots, have consistently failed to raise his voice against Fulani herdsmen slaughtering and abusing their way through swathes of Benue land where he comes from.
That he found the courage to challenge the stance of Ohaneze Ndigbo publicly confirms what we have always known, that he’s suffering from what psychologists call the Stockholm syndrome”.
The IPOB also applauded Ohanaeze Ndigbo and its leadership for standing firm to demonstrate that they are different from past administrations.
“We promise Chief Paul Unongo and his collaborators in the Arewa North that Nigeria will never be the same after this encounter. Arewa North should concentrate on alleviating the long suffering poor masses of the core North and leave Biafra, IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu alone,” IPOB said.
BuzzNigeria earlier reported that Arewa forum had revoked its quit notice given to Igbos resident in the northern region.
The forum urged Ndigbo to remain in the north, assuring them of their safety.
They also asked Igbos living in the north to ignore the directive given by the IPOB that they should all leave the region.