Igbos are not at war with Nigeria – Ohaneze warns IPOB
Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu
The apex social cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide, has warned the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, that the Igbo nation is not at war with Nigeria and has nothing pending before any institutional authority that demands a separate existence from Nigeria.
The President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Amb. Prof. George Obiozor who gave the warning on Wednesday in Enugu while addressing newsmen, said that the reality are that the issues of Biafra are above and beyond Nnamdi Kanu’s capacity to decide.
“He must listen because he is one of us and we are all in this dilemma together. And our mutual and collective responsibilities are sacred and must be respected. Consequently, all actions or utterances that put Ndigbo in present and imminent danger or harm’s way must be avoided” Obiozor said.
The newly elected President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Obiozor said that the security and safety of Ndigbo would be his priority as he assumes office, noting that the Igbo dilemma in Nigeria has finally come home at last and that Ndigbo must take critical, even delicate decisions and that those problems need pragmatic solutions and quickly too.
“The new narrative must begin with being conscious of the lessons of history as Atilla the Hun advised, “choose your enemies wisely and your friends carefully”.
“For far too long, Ndigbo have been object of stereotype and profiling which ended in being misunderstood and misrepresented in national politics or business or academia”.
Obiozor called on Ndigbo to reassess the Igbo dilemma in Nigeria. “Every major group even the minorities are doing same today. Ndigbo in all indication, see restructuring as the most preferred option. However, whatever or whichever options others offer, what is real is that all the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria will sooner or later go into negotiations or debate over the future of Nigeria and we must be prepared,” Obiozor said.