The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has charged the Federal Government to discard the amended terrorist charges against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and settle the case outside the court.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 19, by the Ohanaeze Youth National President, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, in Owerri.
According to the group, Kanu’s and Sunday Igboho’s case could lead Nigeria to the path of peace if handled diplomatically and tactically or lead Nigeria into destruction.
“The demand for self-determination among Igbo is evidence of how they (Igbos) are being treated in Nigeria since the end of the Nigeria- Biafra civil war. The colossal failure of southeast leaders from Governors, senators, House of Representatives, Ministers, House of Assembly members, and other political leaders in the zone contributed to the economic decay which raised the demand of the young generation to seek the actualization of the State of Biafra started by Dim Ikemba Odimegwu Ojukwu in 1967,” Ohanaeze youths said.
The statement urged Federal Government to follow the path of dialogue and negotiation; to discuss with the leadership of all pro-Biafra groups; the majority of whom he noted, were found in Igboland; stressing “that all the prisoners of conscience of Biafra activists starting from Nnamdi Kanu and Benjamin Onwuka should be released.”
Meanwhile, former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has charged Nigerians not to lose hope in the survival of the country.
Obasanjo made this call on Tuesday, October 19, during a courtesy visit; paid to him by the Coordinator of Christ Apostolic Church Prayer Camp, Ikeji Arakeji, Prophet Sam Olu Alo, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The cleric paid the courtesy visit to the former President after the morning session of a power-packed programme; held at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Isale Ake, Abeokuta with the theme: “The God of Our Fathers”.
Obasanjo said Nigeria, against all odds, will overcome the myriad of challenges it is presently facing.
He also noted that the theme of the programme was timely; commended the forefathers of faith.
According to him, the great faith in God as exhibited by our forefathers; is all that is needed to weather the storm.
Quoting various bible passages including John 16 verse 32 to back up his words; Obasanjo said, “Even our forefathers had their own problems and challenges; but they overcame the challenges.
‘We also have our own challenges but I believe that what we are passing through in Nigeria presently; we will overcome in Jesus’ precious name”.