You lied for saying you initiated moves for Kanu’s release– Ohanaeze lambasts Gov
The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), has blasted Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State for claiming he is interfacing with President Muhammadu Buhari for a political solution that will ensure the release of detained leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
The governor Umahi had recently promised Igbo leaders that the detained IPOB leader would soon be released following his (Umahi’s) intervention with President Buhari.
But while reacting to this through a press statement on Friday, the Ohanaeze Youth Council led by Igboayaka O. Igboayaka warned Governor Umahi to desist from spreading falsehood and beguiling the unsuspecting public.
The Ohanaeze youths also cautioned the Ebonyi Governor to refrain from engaging in cheap political credit to himself, insisting that the political solution being asked the federal government to adopt in resolving Kanu’s case was initiated by President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor George Obiozor and other eminent Igbo sons.
The group said: “Governor David Umahi might be looking for a soft landing to appeal to Ndigbo and IPOB over reckless treatment coated with executive impunity as Ebonyi State Governor. And coming out suddenly to score a cheap political goal in the release of Nnamdi Kanu is very untrue and childish.
“Those at the helm of affairs of a political solution to Nnamdi Kanu’s case have not taken it to the media space, they are engaging in a lasting solution to the crisis that has erupted in the country for over seven years of IPOB’s struggle for self-determination. Unfortunately, on June 19, 2021, in Enugu State, the same Governor David Umahi chaired a meeting wherein IPOB was publicly rejected by those who claimed to be Igbo leaders.
“Governor David Umahi ought to know that all his discriminatory communique signed by him against Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB are in our archive and in the book of remembrance. The claim by Ebonyi Governor of interfacing to release of Nnamdi Kanu at Abakaliki on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, has summarized the Igbo adage, “Nwoke luchaa ogu, nwanyi enwere akuko”. Therefore, Umahi should look for something else through which he can gain favour from Ndigbo and not to lay claims to glory of Kanu’s release process”, OYC posited.
The Igbo socio-cultural umbrella insisted that Professor George Obiozor deserved all accolades as could emanate from the ongoing processes of releasing the freedom agitator.
“I can authentically and authoritatively inform our people that every strategic and tactical effort has been made on the release of Nnamdi Kanu by Obiozor without any political interest but basically on his personal conviction as a true Igbo man and his constitutional duty as the number one citizen of the Igbo nation”, OYC added.
The Ohanaeze youth body also implored Igbo youths all over the world not to take Umahi’s self-appraisal to heart and also appealed to them to remain calm and peaceful, to enable those concerned procure a lasting political solution to Kanu’s case.
“I appeal to Igbo youths over the globe who may be provoked by Governor David Umahi’s self-glory to remain peaceful and calm and assist in finding a political solution to Nnamdi Kanu’s case by acting within the framework of the law”.