– As IPOB demands probe of Nwodo, S’East governors
By Praise Necherem & O’star Eze
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has asked Igbo youths never to think of going to war again against Nigeria. He said the 3-year old civil war was a devastating experience not worth repeating, saying he would rather sacrifice his own life than see Igbo youths embark on another war. Delivering a lecture titled “What Igbos are known for”, during the occasion of the first Ohazurume Igbo festival organised by the Directorate of Igbo Village and Centre for African Civilisation of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, decried the ill-treatment and marginalisation of the Igbo in Nigeria.
“The Igbo are the worst hit in Nigeria, politically, economically and otherwise despite their enormous contributions to the growth and development of the country. The average Igbo man is not only industrious, adventurous and daring, but courageous, enterprising and versatile. Ironically, these are the same qualities that are the sources of envy and jealousy for the Igbo in Nigeria,” he said. Nwodo, however, noted that the solution to the problems was not found in another war but the restructuring of the country, which, he said, Ohanaeze Ndigbo was clamouring for. “We can’t afford to experience another civil war.
I’ll rather die than allow these youths to be killed in any war. There are two types of warfare; the diplomatic and civil wars.
What I am fighting now is the diplomatic war,” he added. Meanwhile the Indigenous People of Biafra has described as a hoax the recent call by Chief Nnia Nwodo to probe the alleged killing of the members by the army, insisting that such probe should start with Nwodo and the south east governors. The IPOB made this known in a press release signed by Emma Powerful and made available to Orient Daily.
The statement read in part, “any probe of the military invasion of Igboland and killing of IPOB members at Afaraukwu Umuahia, Isiala Ngwa, Aba and Obigbo Igweocha must start with the role Nwodo, Umahi, Ikpeazu and other governors played. “They cannot join hands with the spirit of the dead to kill at night, then join the living during daylight to shed Crocodile tears at the funeral of their victims. “Those IPOB members slaughtered by Fulani soldiers died because Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu wanted Nnamdi Kanu killed at all costs in order to stop IPOB and please the north who threatened to kill Igbo people living in Northern Nigeria if Biafra agitation is not stopped.”
IPOB called on members of the public not to take the statement serious but to scrutinise Nwodo’s statements during and after the “military siege” of Nnamdi Kanu’ home, claiming they were indicting. “In publicly available statements, Nnia Nwodo and Okezie Ikpeazu especially, admitted that Nnamdi Kanu and some of his supporters had to be killed as sacrificial lambs to save millions of Igbo lives in the North. People should go back and research the contents of the press briefing Nnia Nwodo gave titled “Why I parted ways with IPOB” in the aftermath of Operation Python Dance II.
“We find it baffling that Nnia Nwodo would belatedly, full eight months after the heinous crime in Umuahia, be calling upon the Army to bring to book their soldiers implicated in the massacre, as if they (Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo governors) were not the people who actively initiated and supported the killing of their children in the first place. “Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo governors are on record as being the only group in the history of the world, not just Nigeria, to call for the killing and extermination of their own people,” read the statement. It went on further, “Nnia Nwodo and his fellow band of murderers in the person of Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano, Rochas Okorocha, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi must know that our people are now enlightened enough not to accept their gimmicks and lies. Nwodo’s call for the Nigerian Army to probe the massacre in Abia and Rivers State is medicine after death.
“There was no justification for Nnia Nwodo and South East governors to betray or sabotage the efforts of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB who were merely trying to rescue their nation Biafra from the hell Nigeria had become. “The damage of Operation Python Dance has already been done.
Those that perished as a result of the actions of Nnia Nwodo and South East governors, will never again rise from the grave.
“Therefore, it will be foolhardy for Ohanaeze Ndigbo and South East governors to act as though we have all of sudden forgotten the event of the 14th of September 2017 that occasioned the killing of our vibrant youths in cold blood and possible murder of our leader and his parents.” The group further alleged that the intent of the recent call for probe by the national chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is to coax IPOB into allowing them hold his Igbo summit on restructuring. Calling this an exercise in futility, the group maintained its call on a referendum and advised Nwodo to resign from his position.
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