By Hannah Nathan, Warri.
The president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has revealed that the top sociocultural organization of the Igbo ethnic nationality had advanced plans to meet with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu soon to lobby for the Federal Government to grant Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, immediate release.
He made the disclosure in a statement in Owerri, yesterday during a solidarity visit from the Southeast Chapter leadership of the Supreme Council of Nigeria Traditional Rulers, led by the President, HRM Eze Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna of Abia State, Vice President, HRH Eze Dr Oliver Ohanwe, and the Obi Gburu of Igboland.
The Igbo president expressed his gratitude for the visit, their patriotism, and the caliber of the traditional rulers in Igboland. He regretted that other ethnic groups in Nigeria had sold the dummy of the alleged succession of the Igbo ethnic group to the Federal Government, instilling unwarranted fear and suspicion of all of the group’s intentions before the government.
He averred that statistics have shown that Igbos are the real crucial stakeholders in the Nigeria project as they own over 60% of the investments in the nation, adding that their investments and residential identities spread across all of the country’s nooks and crannies in contrast to other ethnic groups who primarily invest and reside only within their ethnic geographic location.
“Your request (from the South East Chapter of the Supreme Council of Nigerian Traditional Rulers) and solidarity visit have rekindled my leadership intention to meet with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to discuss issues pertaining to the Igbo ethnic group, particularly the necessity of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release. Southeast is becoming more unstable as a result of his continued confinement.
“Let’s watch to see if anyone or anything is utilizing his name or his detention to cause unrest or a crisis in Igboland after he is released. Some individuals and organizations are taking unfair advantage of his notoriety and arrest in order to wreak unneeded havoc across the Southeast and further their own personal agendas.Igboland must be peaceful and stable. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s immediate release will undoubtedly restore sanity and unravel.
“Ahaejiagamba, as he is known, added that since becoming the head of the foremost sociocultural organization, he has established the organization across all continents, including America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa, noting that there are more than 6,000 000 Igbos who live abroad”.