Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has at last spoken out two weeks after the abduction of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader from Kenya by the Nigerian government
A statement by the leadership of the body Saturday noted that Ohanaeze has inaugurated legal team to monitor the court proceedings in the ongoing trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ohanaeze resolved on this after the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Enugu.
Communiqué issued by Ohanaeze national publicity secretary, Chief Alex Chiedozie Ogbonna, said it was not against the trial of Kanu, but called for the application of the rule of law throughout the exercise.
“In as much as Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not averse to the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, we however submit that he should be tried within the ambit of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with global best practices.
“That as part of our avowed determination to ensure the fair trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, we have constituted a legal team led by the national legal adviser of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and eminent Igbo leaders to monitor the legal proceedings throughout the trial, ” it alerted.
The Igbo apex union also said: “That we strongly support the stand taken by the Southern Governors’ Forum on anti-open grazing, restructuring, rotation of the president of Nigeria to the South in 2023, and the proposed 5% share of the Petroleum Industries Bill (PIB) for the host communities.”
Ohanaeze, in the communiqué, also identified with Igbo youths ‘in their grievances with respect to Igbo marginalization and the menace of the Fulani herdsmen’.
It however warned that, “We do not support the use of any form of violence to redress the relative deprivation and prevailing inequality and injustice across the country. We therefore urge the youths to be law-abiding and sheath their swords as the Southeast leaders and stakeholders address these collective grievances of ours through meaningful dialogues and negotiations.”
The group further urged Ndigbo ‘to take the ongoing voters’ registration exercise seriously, as this is the only means that guarantees effective participation in Nigerian politics and a sine qua non for achieving our goals and aspirations in the Nigeria project’.