THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has called on Ohanaeze Ndigbo to assist it in working towards the deproscribing of the organization.
Emeka Attamah, Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, said in a statement that following the consolidation of the peace accord recently established between IPOB and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leadership of IPOB on Tuesday visited Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Executive Committee, NEC, at their monthly meeting.
Led by one of its principal officers, Benjamin Madubugwu, IPOB said that they came in continuation of the rapport reached with Ohanaeze at the Anambra State reconciliation meeting.
It noted that Madubugwu recalled an Igbo proverb, which says that no matter how much a warrior is derided, he is always sought after when there is an outbreak of war that Chief Nwodo remains the undisputed leader of Ndigbo and expressed happiness with his fatherly disposition and fight for the Igbo in a country.
According to him, Ndigbo are highly marginalised notwithstanding their contribution to the building of the Nigerian nation and that IPOB is not a terrorist organization and that “it is just being given a bad name to hang it”.
The IPOB leader said that most of the actions of their master, Nnamdi Kanu, had been coloured by the information given to him, which he said, were sometimes distorted.
He assured that Nnamdi Kanu was always available for discussions with Chief Nwodo on matters concerning the Igbo.
In his remarks, another leader of IPOB, Barrister Ejimakor, noted that Chief Nwodo has the clout and charisma to help IPOB out of its present predicament, adding that he was happy that the gap hitherto existing between IPOB and Ohanaeze Ndigbo had been bridged for a united voice for Ndigbo in Nigeria.
Responding, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, welcomed the IPOB leaders, reassuring them that he was always ready to accept his children back into the fold no matter their earlier recalcitrance.
Chief Nwodo recalled all efforts he had made to establish an amicable and complimentary relationship with IPOB since assuming office, but were frustrated by the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The President General stated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo had no quarrel with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and that he believed that whatever evil machinations of detractors have come to nought with the recent reapproachment between the two groups.
Chief Nwodo prayed that this latest development should be the opening of the door for mutual cooperation between IPOB and Ohanaeze Ndigbo and urged IPOB to also share views with Tony Nnadi, who he said, was working towards the same objective as IPOB.
The President General called on Mazi Kanu to change his tactics of abuse and belligerence as a step towards building bridges for Ndigbo in the country.
Chief Nwodo reiterated that both IPOB and Ohanaeze Ndigbo share in the same cause of fighting to emancipate Ndigbo and give them a lease of life and sense of fairness in the country, but differ in the methodology or approach towards the realization of the objective.
He stated that Ohanaeze Ndigbo still believes in dialogue and the restructuring of the country for an inclusive participation in the Nigeria project.
– Aug. 11, 2020 @ 11:35 GMT |