- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared support for IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu
- The group said the IPOB is a peaceful and non-violent group
- They urged the federal government to leave Kanu and go after Arewa youths
A pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has warned the federal government of Nigeria to desist from plans to re-arrest the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group said that IPOB is a non-violent group agitating for what they believed in and as thus, members of the group have not committed any crime to be arrested for.
In an interview with journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, Ohanaeze's national publicity secretary, Barr. Uche Achi-Okpaga, said the federal government should rather go after the Arewa youths who recently issued quit notice to Igbos in the north.
Achi-Okpaga said: “We see the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) boys as non-violent and harmless but it is unfortunate that they are being attacked by soldiers.
“The security agencies should dare to arrest northern youths and nobody has arrested them. Nobody has arrested them and nobody has prosecuted them.
“So, they are at liberty to issue what they want. We are no longer interested. It is between them and the security officers.
“If the federal government has made any arrest, we are not aware of that.
“The federal government keeps speaking against hate speeches everyday, but what is happening, you keep hearing it here and there and nobody is taking action against that."
The group accused the government of not being firm in its fight against hate speech despite speaking out against it.
He said: “The federal government has not done what it is supposed to do. It is just like what is said in law, justice is not only to be done, it should be seen to be done.
“The activities of Nnamdi Kanu, is it wrong? What has Nnamdi Kanu done to the North? He has not been to the North, he is here with his peaceful protest. He is not blocking anybody from doing his business or has he stopped the federal government from transacting its business?
“The government has shown too much lackadaisical attitude to the quit notice since nobody has been arrested. There are some people behind it.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nigeria military personnel under the command of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, laid a siege on the country home of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu in Umuahia.
According to Kanu's lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the military had on Sunday, September 10, shot sporadically into the air through which about five of Kanu's family members were brutally wounded and some unfortunately killed.
Watch NAIJ.com video of Nnamdi Kanu leaving Kuje prison: