The Igbo socio-political group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has called on youths from the South East and South South to stop the Biafra agitation and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nation reports that Elder Chris Eluemunoh, the chairman forum of state presidents of Ohaneze in seven Igbo speaking states, made the call while briefing journalists on Friday, November 20, in Awka.
The seven states of Ohaneze included Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Rivers.
According to Eluemunoh, the group would never support agitation of Biafra as being demanded by the youth. He described numerous demonstrations under the aegis of Indigenous People of Biafra as pure madness. He noted that that it would have been a different ball game if the youths were protesting against the bad state of roads instead of agitation for Biafra.
“Ohaneze as Igbo cultural group cannot support insurgency, we are totally against it and we will never support it.
“Anybody that has any issue with the federal government should go for dialogue with the president and that is why we went for national conference, Nigeria is a one united country and we do not want any other.
“I believe what the youths are doing is to call the attention of the president to see the infrastructural decay in the zone, this region has been abandoned and neglected and not by Buhari, but by previous administrations started by Olusegun Obasanjo which Goodluck Jonathan also tried to bring back.
“Ohaneze is calling on the federal government to declare state of emergency in the zone on roads for purposes of infrastructural development and that is what the youths are saying, we believe and not secession,” the chairman said.
Eluemunoh called on President Buhari to forget what happened in the last general election and stressed that Ohaneze would give him full support through prayers and other means.
“Therefore, the youths should stop such agitations for Biafra because Biafra died in 1970 and we are saying it again that Ohaneze will never support it,” he added.
The group’s leader noted that if Nnamdi Kanu, Radio Biafra director, and other agitators had committed any offence, they should face the law, but if not, they should be released.
Eluemunoh also took the opportunity to debunk the allegation that the youths were being supported by top Igbo politicians. According to him, if they indeed were getting any support from anywhere, it should be from outside Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Igbo Conscience leaders have also distanced themselves from the present politically-orchestrated clamour for Biafra agitation.
According to them, those who agitate for Biafra have a mislaid idea of war, as most of them were not born during the civil war and know nothing about what it is to go through one.