Group Attacks Arewa Youths For Clamouring Against Release Of Nnamdi Kanu
A group claiming to be a faction of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, led by Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, has berated the leadership of Arewa Youths Council for its unfavourable comments towards the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
THE WHISTLER reported that President Muhammadu Buhari promised to consider the release of the IPOB leader when a high-powered Igbo delegation, led by Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited him at Aso Villa last week.
However, the president of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, in an interview, said releasing Mazi Kanu unconditionally would be injurious to the country.
In a reaction, Mazi Nnabuike said the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum should not play politics with the matter.
According to Mazi Nnabuike, “Arewa youths have never given such opposition to the release and reintegration of so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists, but were against the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a freedom fighter.
“We have consistently made it clear that Kanu is engaging in self-determination, which is recognized under the international law and conventions. The Biafra agitation is also undoubtedly being fueled by the ill-treatment of the Igbo in Nigeria, and till this point, there appears to have been no lessons learnt by those benefiting from this unjust nature of the country.
“This is why the Arewa youths will talk the way they did. One expects that they should be more concerned with the worsening activities of bandits and Boko Haram than Nnamdi Kanu.”
The group therefore urged President Buhari to honour the Igbo leaders by favourably considering the release of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
It also called on governors and the Southeast caucus of the National Assembly to expedite action towards the release of Mazi Kanu.
Quoting it, “The timely release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu should be of utmost concerns to every Igbo person, and our political, religious and traditional leaders must unite to accomplish that goal.”